“And there was a woman in the crowd who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years. She had spent everything she had on doctors and still could find no cure. She came up behind Jesus and touched the fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped. ‘Who touched me?’ Jesus asked. Everyone denied it, and Peter said, ‘Master, this whole crowd is pressing up against you.’ But Jesus told him, ‘No, someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me.’ “
Luke 8:43-46, NLT

Last year as I was ministering to a large group of teenagers in Johannes-burg, South Africa, something interesting happened. We wanted to incorporate presentation slides to enhance the communication of the message to the young people, but the technology was not cooperating. The only thing that could be projected by the equipment was an instructional message that read: PLEASE CHECK YOUR CONNECTION.

The woman in Luke 8 made sure that her connection with Christ was rock solid. By Hebrew law she should not have been out in public, to say nothing of actually touching someone else and making them ceremonially unclean. The penalties for such behavior were severe. But she did it anyway.

She is an example of positively channeled desperation. She is an example of big risk, big reward. She is an example of faith that breaks the rules. Jesus said, “No, someone deliberately touched me…” When you worship, is it accidental, incidental, or intentional. When you read God’s Word, do you casually take it in, or do you intentionally connect? Are you deliberately raising your children to respect others and fear the Lord, or do you think that will just happen by coincidental osmosis?

Let us take the risk and deliberately thank and praise Him. Let us sing a song of worship directed solely to His heart. Let us read the Bible like we are digging for hidden treasure we know is there. Let us love, forgive, and exercise acts of kindness in His name. Let us intentionally connect with Christ today.

QUESTION: What have you let slip into a casual posture in your relationship with God? How can you practically and passionately pursue Jesus today?