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The rock stars of the Church are often the ones standing in the podiums doing healings and proclaiming the miracles of God. But there are merely a handful of these, and plenty of people in the pews wondering if they might be less of a Christian because they have never had that kind of power in the Lord.

Of course, if you are one of those who are not laying your hands on the ill or casting out demons, and you desire to be that person, Scripture may not be that encouraging. Consider this passage:

“To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.” (1 Corinthians 12:7-11, ESV)

So by the indication of Scripture, you are either apportioned the gift of Miracles or you are not. Much like salvation, this is not a gift one may work to attain.

In addition to this, there is a healthy amount of skepticism as to the authenticity of Miracle Workers. Is the person with the microphone performing on stage for personal attention, rather than for the glory of God? Are they truly working miracles, or are they simply a talented performer who knows how to put on a convincing show?

Further still, a significant portion of the Church believe that these kinds of overt miracles performed by the Spirit through individual Christians ended with the Apostles. If miracles continue to occur at all, they are subtly performed by the direct actions of God on a world that is mostly blind to them.

What is a Miracle?

For every man in a shiny suit who performs on the stage, there are dozens of quiet and unassuming congregants seated in the pews, praising God in their hearts and praying in earnest humility to a Christ that they love.

Consider the case of the prophet Elijah. Here was possibly the man through which God performed the mightiest of miracles. Elijah stopped the rain and summoned fire from the sky (both by the will of God), but he was a transient man who was always hungry. Then God brought a poor widow into his life. While the widow had little to share, she gave of her resources to this man of God, who blessed her in return. Elijah could perform miracles on behalf of God, but he could not feed or shelter himself. To Elijah, the widow was the miracle.

Similarly, in the parable of the Good Samaritan, the titular character performed no miraculous healing on the injured man. However, from the perspective of the beaten and dying Jew, a man swept out of nowhere, cared for him in his most desperate moment, and saved his life. This Samaritan, brought into his life by God, was the miracle.

Miracle Workers

How does one become a miracle worker? Simply be the miracle. Take every opportunity to do good in God’s name, and likely you will, in fact, be the miracle God brings into other’s lives in their times of need. Though you may never see it, others will recognize you as the miracle they have been calling out for God to provide.

And, of course, the obvious answer is to pray. Prayer is the invisible ministry, but likely, the most powerful of any ministry. One of the most frequent injunctions delivered by our Lord was to pray. To pray without ceasing. To – like the resolute widow of the parable – batter at God’s door with determination so that the good God, like the unrighteous judge, will respond to the insistence by delivering of his bounteous grace. Devote yourself in prayer to the needs of others. This may not be the flashy laying on of hands to bestow an instant miracle. It will certainly not deliver you the fame and attention of the pulpit-prestidigitator; in fact, no one may ever know of your efforts on their behalf. But a miracle – any miracle at all – is an act that brings glory to God’s name; never to the name of the miracle worker.

If you desire miracles for your own fame, they will never come. If you desire that God’s name be glorified, then any miracle for which you ask is certain to do just that. Spend less time trying to be a miracle worker, and more time devoted to the glory of God, and your desires will be fulfilled. Because God’s name will be glorified whatever the circumstance.

Joel Furches is a writer who has worked for 15 years researching and writing on topics of religion. He has a BA in psychology and an MA in education. He can be found online at hubpages.com/@bombadere

 

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