A survey of Mark 6:7-13, Part III
A series of guest posts from a friend in Cameroon.
5. Am I responding to people’s needs?
In preaching repentance the twelve also “cast out many demons and anointed
with oil many who were sick and healed them” (Mark 6:13, ESV). This verse
makes a sharp distinction between spiritual possession and physical and
natural sickness. First they “cast out many demons.” As people accept the
biblical Gospel of repentance, they are delivered from demons. Second, they
“anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.”
But there is one general idea that these two aspects of ministry encompass:
Responding to people needs. Luke reports how Jesus, in His earthly
ministry, “went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the
devil, for God was with him” (Acts 10:38, ESV). Jesus responded to people’s
needs. And so He requested from His disciples. A right biblical and
liberating ministry takes in account people’s needs.
Here in Cameroon, we work with the needy of every kind: widows, orphans,
deaf-and-dumb, alcohol addicted, etc. And we try every day to respond to
their needs to be like Jesus. A key question to ponder on: Am I sensitive
to people’s needs around me?
Helping any one in his/her life’s journey to become all that God wills
him/her to be and to do all that He wants him/her to do implies a holistic
understanding of biblical mentoring. We are not just concerned with the
soul/spirit, but with the body as well. Am I engaged in such a ministry?