My healing is not about me…

It is easy to fall into thinking it’s all about us.

When we’re suffering through illness, obviously, we just want to feel better.

And it’s not only when we are sick. The same applies to the need for healing in life issues we face, not to mention healing of sin issues.

Our human response is to make it about us.

  • God, heal ME from this sickness.
  • God, heal MY relationship gone bad.
  • God, heal MY desire to succumb to temptation.

We easily gravitate towards Me, Myself, and I.

#NotAboutMeNovember is helping me flip the switch and this includes healing. {See this post for an explanation on the #NotAboutMeNovember project.}

Last week, while reading about Lazarus in the Bible, I began to look at healing in a fresh way – and it isn’t about me.

[Jesus] said, ‘This sickness is not to end in death; but [on the contrary] it is to honor God and to promote His glory, that the Son of God may be glorified through (by) it. John 11.4

In this setting, Jesus had just received the news that Lazarus, his friend, was very sick. Lazarus’ sisters, Mary and Martha, sent word to Jesus about the situation. Things did not look good.

Jesus’ immediate response, according to John, was, “This sickness is not to end in death…”

While responding to this illness-unto-death possibility in the life of Lazarus, Jesus’ words held both a personal and prophetic implication {as is often the case}.

#1 – Sickness…

In John 11.4, the original meaning for sickness in the Greek is:  want [or need] of strength; weakness [frailty]; infirmity [sickness]. Look at the personal and prophetic implication, here.

Personal implication = Our sickness {physical, life issues, sin} will not end in death, IF we have believed and received salvation.

Prophetic implication = Death is coming, but Life will follow.

Healing is not about me and it is not about you. Our healing is to bring glory to God and make His Son Jesus known in all the earth.#2 – Glory…

In the same verse, the word glory translates good opinion, praise, brightness, majesty, honor, splendor.

When going through sickness or debilitating illness, it’s difficult to imagine the situation promoting God’s glory…but the word glory here is a noun {think person, place, or thing}.

Personal implication = Even in sickness {physical or life issues} our purpose is to make Glory known.

Prophetic implication = Death is the last resort, but is necessary that Glory be seen – the One True Living God, Maker of heaven and earth.

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#3 – Glorified…

The word glorified translates to be of good opinion, to praise, to make glorious, to clothe with splendor, to make renownedThis last phrase in John 11.4 changes glory to glorified. Now, it’s a verb {think action}.

Personal connotation = As we make Glory known, the Son of God is made famous.

Prophetic implication = Death is happening so that the Son of God is revealed in all His splendor.

#4 – What this means for us, today…

The gospel always points to Jesus. Everything about the work of God in our lives should always point to the greater good – that He receive the honor, praise, and fame.

Whether we are suffering illness, dying to self, or struggling through the weaknesses of life, it is not about us.

It is never about us.

We must shine the light on the Healer – the One who, yes, heals – but also rescues, saves, restores, and gives us eternal life in Christ.

It’s not about you.

While we serve a good Father who wants the best for us – who desires to see us healed and whole – the ultimate reason for our healing is to bring recognition and glory to the Son of God.

In our physical and spiritual healing, may Father-God be honored and the name of Jesus be praised.


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