Luke’s younger brother was ten years old when he went to England. There, he was taken to a big outreach event where he saw about fifty people gathered around a lady in a wheelchair. Those people were praying for her to get healed but as time went by they gradually stopped, gave up and walked away. Luke’s little brother was not happy with that: “That’s not right, she is supposed to come out of that wheelchair!”
He went to get his cousin (same age), and they walked over to the lady. When they got to her, he looked her in the eye and told her: “God says you are supposed to walk.” He had her attention, and she was ready to follow his lead. He then grabbed her hand, pulled her out of the wheelchair and said “In Jesus’ name, walk”, and he started walking her around the room seven times. On the seventh time, she was not just walking but she was running, and she picked up the wheelchair and threw it in the trash!
Meanwhile, there was a service going on, but the preacher was forced to stop when people realized what had just happened and started to stand and clap and cheer. That extraordinary miracle shifted the atmosphere and changed the whole event to the point thousands of healings continued to happen afterwards.
When Luke asked his brother if that was his favorite part of his trip to England, he answered “no”. Luke was perplexed. He had been going after healing since he was fourteen. He remembered having many conversations with his little brother, about healing, since he was six years old. What could be better than that experience of witnessing such an amazing healing miracle?
Luke was curious: “What was your favorite part of the trip, then?”
His little brother proceeded to tell him all about a very special “treasure hunt” he, his cousin and his best friend (all age ten) had done. A “treasure hunt” is when we ask God for certain details or clues to find people He wants us to meet and speak to on His behalf, and then we go out on the streets in search of those people. Each one of these three boys filled-in an individual ‘treasure hunt list’ with information downloaded by the Holy Spirit.
None of the adults wanted to do it but these kids were so keen that they decided to take them out anyway. They thought that would entertain them for a while. As soon as they got out of the door, they spotted a family of seven, sitting just across the street. They realized the three lists had details regarding this entire family, including what they were wearing and even their names (which they were able to confirm fairly quickly). These three enthusiastic and excited kids left the grownups behind, ran up to this family, and just shared the Gospel. The whole family got saved! In the end they wanted to take a picture with these three young evangelists, so they could always remember how the Lord had highlighted them and connected with them through these three remarkable boys.
To really answer Luke’s question, his little brother concluded: “Luke, it was more important hearing God’s voice and doing what He wanted me to do than to see someone coming out of a wheelchair, because now those seven people are going to heaven and they are going to spend their eternity with God. That’s all.” And he walked out.
Taken aback by the wisdom of his younger brother, Luke knew this had been a defining moment in his life because the way he viewed the things of God had completely changed from that day onward. For the Lord “does not want anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9 b).