Last Fall I returned to college. I’m a 45-year-old radiology pre-major! Yes, I’m the oldest one in my classes. But that’s cool because I get to encourage the younger students.
You may wonder, why radiology? Due to technological advances, imaging allows us to see beneath the surface and get to the heart of the patient’s problem.
But I can’t slap on an X-Ray tech badge or perform a CT scan until I’m qualified. I haven’t yet received the knowledge I need about the powerful tools at my disposal. Until I’ve studied, been tested, and received authority, I don’t have access to the powerful tools that assist in healing.
Even if a radiology technician sees exterior signs of an injury or malady, she’s unable to see the interior problem with the naked eye because the issue lies deep to the skin. That’s why imaging is the best way to assess what’s gone wrong physically.
Things go wrong spiritually, too. We injure ourselves in this world in which we walk. Sadly, many of our injuries are self-inflicted. Our spiritual sickness causes us pain and discomfort, and we need to be healed. Thankfully, the One with the power to heal us—Jesus Christ—is the Great Physician, and He’s full of mercy and compassion. To be healed of our sin, we must become a child of God.
How does a person become a child of God? It’s possible through faith. Faith is believing what God says.
Just as you had a physical birthday, which gave you the authority to be a child of your biological mother and father, you must have a spiritual birthday to have the authority to be a child of God. This spiritual birth takes place when you trust Jesus Christ and turn from your sin. The Great Physician sees through our facades to who we really are, and He has the power to heal us of our sin.
Don’t understand it all? Neither do I, but this I know: If I’m honest about my symptoms, the Great Physician can make me well.
Ask Him for an examination.
Whoever covers his sins shall not prosper. But whoever confesses and forsakes his sins will have mercy. ~ Proverbs 28:13
Father in Heaven, have mercy on me. You are perfect. I’m a sinner. But I turn away from my sin. I place my trust in Jesus Christ. I believe that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again to pay my sin debt. You’ve exposed me to myself, and revealed Yourself to me. Heal me and make me new. Thank You for forgiveness and eternal life. From this day forward, allow me to live in a way that pleases You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
To as many as received Him (Jesus Christ), to them He gave the power to be called the children of God. ~ John 1:12