Early, and throughout Jesus’ ministry, he healed people. Matthew recorded his healing of a leper, a centurion’s servant, and Peter’s mother-in-law.
“And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever. And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.” (Matthew 8:14-15)
Peter’s mother-in-law, after having been sick and healed by the Savior, was motivated as soon as she arose, to minister to those around her.
Now, not each of us has had that same experience, but we have had experiences where the Savior has touched a part of our lives. Experiences that have shaped our testimonies and core beliefs in Jesus and His gospel. These experiences should be our motivation to minister to those around us. We can start at home by being the good examples, teaching our children correct principles, and to be good. Those examples extend to our communities, to our neighbors. We can let them know that we are available to help them, to serve them, to minister to them whenever they might need us, or even when they think they don’t.
Ministering. It’s not just what Jesus would do, it’s what Jesus did. We’ve all sung the song, or at least pondered the words, “I’m trying to be like Jesus, I’m following in His ways…” As we continue to try to be like Jesus, finding opportunities to minister and serve keep us centered on that course of true discipleship.
We can let our past experiences motivate us to get out and serve those around us, and then allow the blessings of those new experiences further motivate us to continue our efforts.