Worship Is Important But Don’t Ignore Someone’s Needs

Today is Sunday. The Lord’s day. A day of worship.
So, when we are driving to church and we have our Sunday clothes on and we see someone stopped on the side of the road, should we stop and help them fix a flat and either run late or miss worship all together or not?
What if our neighbor wakes up to find that a pipe has burst in their home and they have water in their house? Do we help them out and miss worship or not?
The answer to both of those questions is “yes,” we help our neighbor out even if it means missing worship.
In Luke 13:10-17, Jesus healed a woman on the Sabbath day. The lady had been crippled for years and was unable to stand up straight. She came to the synagogue where Jesus was teaching. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!” Then, Jesus touched her, and instantly she could stand straight and she praised God!”
So, everyone is happy, right? This lady, who had been crippled for years, can now stand up straight! It’s time to celebrate!
Not if you were a Pharisee. Instead of rejoicing that the lady could walk, they were hung on the fact that Jesus healed her on Sabbath. So, let’s get this straight.
This lady is crippled… bent-over… as I type this I can think of a guy at work who is having back trouble. He’s walking with a cane. So, this lady is walking around bent-over. She comes to Jesus because she’s heard He has healed people. Jesus sees her… so, is He supposed to say, “Dear lady, I can heal you but, it’s the Sabbath day so, you will need to wait twenty-four hours and I can heal you?” Nope. Jesus ignores the Pharisees legalism and heals her there. On the spot.
Today, we need to worship. But, if someone is in need and we can help them… it doesn’t matter what day of the week it is… we should help them.
In fact…. let’s think about this…. the Pharisees said healing someone amounted to work and you could’t do any work on the Sabbath. So, when Jesus saw the woman He was supposed to tell her to wait twenty-four hours.
So, what glorified God the most? Following a silly rule set by the legalistic Pharisees or, healing this lady? It’s a no-brainer folks. Healing the lady brought more glory to God than refusing to heal her on the Sabbath.
Today, we should worship but… don’t ignore someone’s needs in the process.

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