I love it when I learn something new. I especially love it when it completely changes my way of thinking. I guess you could call it a paradigm shift. Have you ever spent years believing something, and then one day, bam, you realize that you were wrong and nothing is ever the same again? Now I know that sometimes that new revelation can be really bad, but this time I’m not talking about a bad thing, I’m talking about something good. Something really good. Something so good that it has the potential to change your life forever? It’s like your eyes are opened, your mind becomes clear and the funny thing is, that when this happens, a lot of things fall into place! Well that’s what happened to me this morning.
A few months ago I made the decision to purchase a new bible. It was one of those bibles that you could download on your iPad and most importantly, it had a built in concordance. A concordance is this wonderful gadget that allows you to touch a word and it gives you the original Greek or Hebrew. In other words, instead of just reading what some translator wrote, you have the wonderful opportunity to see what the writer of the book actually said. It always amazes me when I touch one of those words and the translation is no where near what the original writer intended to say. I think that we really have to be careful when we just take someone’s word for it, no pun intended. LOL I think so often words are translated into another language and the translator will impose his or her own bias, understanding or lack thereof, or even beliefs on that passage and by tweaking just one little word, it can change the entire meaning of what the author meant to say. If you don’t have a concordance, get one. It will be worth it, trust me.
Anyway, this morning as I was reading, still in the Gospel of Luke, but this time in chapter 6, I had one of those paradigm shifts in my thinking. For years, okay, I’ll be honest, for decades, ever since I became a Christian my desire and prayer in life has been to be like the disciples and have the power to heal people. This has been especially on my mind lately, having just lost a sister in law and friend to cancer. I have lost others to this dreadful disease. I have another friend who is battling this disease and I feel very helpless. So what was my paradigm shift? In Luke 6:40 it says the following:
A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.
Notice the word trained. That word makes it sound like something I have to do, something I have to learn, right? Well, that word does not exist in the original text. It simply isn’t there! What is there is the word “perfectly”. And that little word means this:
To mend (what has been broken or torn) to repair, to restore. To make one what he ought to be.
Oh. my. goodness! Now that is a completely different concept isn’t it? If I am restored to what I was meant to be, then I will be like my teacher, Jesus!!! In other words, when I am healed myself, when I have the mind of Christ, when I am delivered and made whole, I can do miracles, because that is what Jesus did!
So how do I become healed, whole, repaired, made like I was meant to be? Well, there’s the rub, isn’t it? I don’t know. But now that I have this revelation, I know that there is hope. I know that there is something that the Lord is going to do in my life, that will transform me into someone who will be like her teacher. And I will share as He heals me.