Peter’s Mother-in-Law Healed
14 Now when Jesus had come into Peter’s house, He saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever. 15 So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and served them (Matthew 8:14, 15).
Imagine that your son-in law has guests over but you can’t join them because you are not feeling well. You are feeling terrible because you have a fever. Then, the doctor comes and gives you something that gets rid of the fever. You’re feeling better. Would you get up and serve dinner or remain in bed? Most of us would choose the latter. However, Peter’s mother-in-law got out of bed and served Jesus and everyone in Peter’s house.
Why did she get out of bed to serve them? Perhaps, it was her way of thanking Jesus for healing her . She was feeling better now so she didn’t want to stay in bed. She wanted to be up and about, serving up delicious food for the guests to enjoy.
How do we respond when we are feeling better after a bout with an illness? Do we go about our daily lives as usual or do we find ways to serve the Lord because we are thankful to Him for healing us?
Everyday you wake up feeling well, give thanks and “serve the LORD with gladness” (Psalm 100:2).