ARE YOU WILLING?
I believe sometimes that we overthink and over analyze the truth of God’s Word, when in reality the truths in the Bible are quite simple.. We simply need to trust God’s Word and let it be plainly applicable to our lives today. As I was reading in Matthew chapter 8 this morning about Jesus healing a man with leprosy, the man stated that He knew Jesus could heal him but asked Jesus if He was WILLING to heal him and make him clean.
It occurred to me that the man undoubtedly knew that Jesus could make him whole, heal him and make him clean, he just wasn’t quite sure if Jesus wanted to…. this simple act of faith touched Jesus ..so Jesus in turn touched him and healed him…
If you have read anything about leprosy in those days, it was a very awful and extremely harsh disease. To see someone with this incurable, highly contagious, disease littered with sores and scabs is heart-wrenching. Yet Jesus unfazed, and without hesitation touched him..He was not afraid to reach out and touch the man’s diseased skin and heal him.
Many times in the Bible, Jesus just spoke the Word and healed the sick, but this time he deliberately touched him.
I believe this man would see such an unconditional example of pure love. When he was asking “are you willing?” I believe he was asking from such a humble heart, would Jesus be willing to touch him..to heal him the way he looked?
With this disease ravaging his body he was seeing himself as someone that might not be worthy of being healed, that’s why he questioned Jesus and His willingness..
As Christians, we all should believe that God has the power to bless us heal us and make us whole in every way; but it’s our questioning of the willingness that causes us to get it wrong …
Many of us believe that God would not be willing to do things for us because we’ve done too many things wrong or we have deemed ourselves unworthy of blessings, favor and healing because of our own guilt and condemnation. This is absolutely false, this is not correct thinking at all.
Jesus didn’t even flinch when he touched that man. This was probably the first human touch that man had felt since he contracted the disease and yet he was healed instantly.
Sin is also an incurable disease by our own standards that can cause us to disqualify ourselves from being blessed and healed by God. But God is the same yesterday today and tomorrow. He wants to set you free and make you whole. He is the One who is able to cure you of Sin..He forgives us when we turn to Him in repentance.
He is always willing!
We should never doubt His love for us..don’t disqualify yourself because God’s grace is unmerited we don’t have to earn it or deserve it, it is our right that was purchased for us and paid for through Jesus’ blood shed for us on the cross.
We must be careful not to become enthralled in religious habits and legalistic views in terms of thinking we need to earn healing of our minds bodies and souls. We must instead trust God in prayer seeking Him first. Prayer is laying hold of God’s willingness not overcoming God’s reluctance.
We should not expect God to only work in certain ways or in specified circumstances based on merit and good works. We should never want to limit God through our own mindset and lack of complete faith in His Word.
Just like the man with leprosy we must realize we cannot cure ourselves, we are unable to do such a task but we should faithfully and humbly ask for Christ’s redeeming help and know that He is willing! Yes, He is always willing.
With one touch or one command …it can be finished!
Your faith has made you whole…. It is never about what you can do for Him, it is solely about what Jesus has already done for you… He is worthy that you receive what He died for you to have.. in Jesus name I pray!
God is willing, are you?
If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land
While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
ARE YOU WILLING?