Many Christians suffer from some kind of disability that keeps them in a constant state of discomfort, ill-appearance, and/or pain. It’s not easy to get out and be a blessing to others when we can’t see beyond the entrapment of our own infirmity. But if we love God, we need to look beyond our disability and see His love for us.
We can’t live in the past and focus on what we could do then but can’t do now because that attitude brings on discouragement and defeat. Nor can we live only for the future when we are healed because that time has not yet come, and it forces us to deny the day we actually have. In fact, the only day we have is today.
- This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.—Psalm 118:24
One day, Jesus will call us to meet Him in the clouds, and that will be a glorious day and one we all live for. But today, we are still here and God has told us throughout the New Testament to share His gospel with the lost, pray for the sick, feed the poor, and help those in need. We may have a disability but we can’t just sit and do nothing. We can’t say that we’ll do it all if God heals us because in doing so, we’re putting conditions on our love for God, something that Jesus didn’t even do when He died on the cross for us.
- For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.—John 3:16
We need to see ourselves through God’s eyes. We are His children and He loves each of us unconditionally. He sees our disabilities, and sometimes He doesn’t heal us when we want to be healed; some of us never get healed. That doesn’t mean that God loves us any less, but it may mean that He has a job for us to do because of our disability, and if He does, our weakness will be made strong in Him.
- He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.—2 Corinthians 12:9
Sometimes our most significant witness to others is our attitude in spite of our disabilities. When people look at us and see that we praise God anyway, that joy and peace flood out from us anyway, and that we are filled with love anyway, they see God in us. Isn’t this what we want? We should not let others think that we are separated from God because of our disabilities because nothing can separate us from our Father.
- For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.—Romans 8:38-39
This world has set a “Hollywood” benchmark that most people can’t meet, and yet, some will spend their lifetime trying. But we don’t belong to this world; we belong to God, and it’s only what He thinks that matters. On earth, Jesus was humble, faithful, and dedicated to His Father, and even on the cross His unsightly appearance didn’t stop Him from speaking forth His concerns for His mother, for the thief on the cross beside Him, or for all of us who crucified Him with our sins.
- Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”—Luke 23:34
Some people think it would be easier to end their life than to continue living in a disabled condition, but we cannot follow the world’s evil suggestion that it’s our right to end our life if we want. God says, “Do not murder” and we follow Him. If we love God and if there is still breath in us, we can be a positive influence in this dark world. And when our pride falls to the side and our focus is on Jesus, God will lift us up and work through us in spite of and because of our disability.
Life here on this earth is short and eternity afterward is a long time. Our hope and reward are with Christ in Heaven; this is what we live for. We rise each morning and praise God and ask for His blessing on our lives so that we can go forth and do all we can do to show His love to others. Disabilities may slow us down and change how we do things, but they should never stop us from living for God.
We cannot let our pride separate us from God. Our appearance may not be what we want it to be and our abilities may be restricted, but that doesn’t mean that God won’t work through us to show His love and grace to others. A humble and grateful heart will determine to live for Jesus and not for its own joy or reward. The only way that God is going to flood our heart and be a blessing to others through us is when we can look beyond the disability and live for Jesus in spite of it.
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Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day…ronnie