It seems so insignificant, doesn’t it? That little, “oh” in response to another’s report of a friend or loved one’s cancer diagnosis. Add to it a grimace when the stage of disease indicates aggression.
Our vocal and facial reactions indicate something deeply hidden… the heart exalts the disease title or degree of severity.
Out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks (Luke 6:45).
Please do not misunderstand my approach to a heart inspection. I am not lacking empathy as though I have not dealt with ugly results of disease. I have. Yet, I remain resolute in holding fast to God’s eternal Word no matter the circumstance.
For instance, Ephesians 1:20-21 states that Jesus Christ was resurrected and seated at the right hand of God “in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.” (See my post with Jesus’ trophy here.)
One of my favorite truths to quote is Psalm 103:1-5, and it speaks of praise that the Lord is deserving of based on His salvation, healing of all diseases, redemption, love, compassion and satisfying the heart with good things so that one’s youth is renewed. That’s some good meditation!
Isaiah 53:4-5 indicates the exchange Jesus enacted on the cross by taking our suffering of sin and disease so that we may experience peace. That’s a total well-being: body, soul and spirit.
So when a title crosses your path- one of those that typically elicits an “oh,” give it, instead, an “Oh that? That was conquered over 2000 years ago when my Lord Jesus resurrected from the grave. It’s under His feet now, and since I am a member of His body connected to Him, the head, it’s under my feet too” (See Ephesians 1:22-23).
A heart at rest in the completed work of Christ eliminates the need for a fighting stance, doesn’t it? What are we fighting? Something already defeated? That seems like wasted effort in my eyes. If I truly believe the Scripture and walk out the belief of my resurrected Savior having secured total victory, then why do I fight? I believe the only fight you and I engage in is the fight to keep the faith. Our greatest battle is to not fall prey to unbelief!!!!!
I can hear the protests: “But, Renee, you don’t know about so-and-so and the faith they had. They didn’t receive what they believed for.” You’re right- I don’t know. But as for me and my house (in this case, I’m speaking of the temple entrusted to my priestly stewardship: my spirit, mind/soul and body), I will serve the Lord and ensure that no name or title has any esteemed place above His sovereignty! In everything, may I cause my Jesus to exclaim, “Woman, you have great faith!” (I love His reactions to those who esteemed Him above all things! The expression of pleasure recorded for us in the gospels ends with an exclamation mark! I want to give Jesus reason to use exclamation marks!)
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). Let us also walk in truth of the fullness of Christ afforded us by the blood covenant. Let us keep the faith and run our race to the finish line. You will know when it is time to depart and you will be ready to surrender your spirit so that your body is laid to rest and your spirit man continues on into eternity- a heavenly reward with great inheritance!
Keeping eyes fixed on Jesus,