Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.
Matthew 12 : 13 – 14
There is a very old story of a man who didn’t like his brother, really didn’t like his brother. One day he found a lamp, rubbed it and out popped a Genie. You know what happens next, 3 wishes! The caveat though was that however blessed he was his brother would be twice as blessed. After giving it much thought he asked the Genie to beat him half to death. It’s a terrible story used to illustrate how some people even when being blessed find a way to turn that against others.
Surely on seeing a person healed, that is a cause for celebration? Yet here, the pharisees saw it as reason to turn against Jesus even more. They were so consumed with themselves they could not see blessing when it was right in front of them.
Prayer: Father, the world does not revolve around me. Ill say it again, the world does not revolve around me. Please do not let me be blind to good things because I think it’s all about me.
Action: Celebrate with someone today, even if its of no benefit to you.