Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Willing to ask, willing to work!
In today's text there is a leper. A person who because of there skin disease is forced to live alone outside of the city. No one would come close to someone who visibly had leprosy, no one. The disease was highly contagious and would lead to a life time of pain. But this man saw Jesus and knew that this was his chance. Most people who were considered to be unclean would have accepted their fate and let Jesus pass by, being to embarrassed or scared to ask for help and healing. But this person was WILLING to ASK! He cam begging Christ, knowing through faith that this might be his only opportunity at a new life, has last chance.
What issues are you going through? What are you suffering from that your pride won't allow you to ask Christ for deliverance from? What are you to embarrassed to go to God for help with and healing from?
Lets look to the text: Mark 1: 40-45 40 A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, ‘If you choose, you can make me clean.’ 41Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, ‘I do choose. Be made clean!’ 42Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. 43After sternly warning him he sent him away at once, 44saying to him, ‘See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.’ 45But he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the word, so that Jesus could no longer go into a town openly, but stayed out in the country; and people came to him from every quarter.
Not only did Jesus heal the man, but he gave instructions on what needed to be done. The leper did not receive his healing free and clear, there was a process that needed to be completed- there was work he had to do. like the healed leper, Christ is willing to work in our lives but there is also a process we must go through as a proclamation of our healing, health and wholeness. The leper was sent to the church, he had to offer a tithe to the church of himself, and according to the law of Moses. Then he went forward offering his time in testimony to the goodness of God.
Are you willing to ask? Even more important are you willing to offer yourself to work for the glory of God?
Today reflect on this passage and examine how it speaks to you. Be Well.