Monday, 20 August 2018

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When He asks Jesus is Willing... but are you?

By RM Drury

 

Once  again,  I  reflect  on  a  dearly  loved,  very,  very  short  story  found  in  the  book  of  Mark,  Chapter  1  about  a  life  changed  forever.

Jesus  had  a  very  busy  life.  In  his  short  ministry  He  spent  the  majority  of  His  time,  with  people,  teaching,  healing,  and  listening,  always  with  compassion  and  love.  (Well,  except  that  one  time  with  the  Pharisees,  oh  and  the  time  in  the  Temple.  He  was  not  too  happy  that  day.)

Anyway,  this  one  little  story  says  so  much  about  who  Jesus  was.  One  day,  a  man  with  leprosy  tracked  Jesus  down  and  begged  Jesus  on  bended  knee  to  heal  him.  The  man  said,  “If  You  are  willing,  you  can  make  me  clean.”  (Mark  1:40)

“If  You  are  willing?”  “If  You  are  willing?”  This  was  Jesus  he  was  talking  to.  Jesus  the  teacher,  Jesus  the  healer,  Jesus  the  lover  of  all  men,  women  and  children,  Jesus  friend  to  sinners.  I  wonder...  did  this  man  doubt  that  Jesus  would  help  him?  No,  I  don't  think  so.  I  think  the  man  with  leprosy  was  speaking  from  a  place  of  faith.  I  think  he  was  saying,  “I  know  You  can  make  me  clean.  If  You  just  speak  the  words  or  will  it  to  be  so,  it  will  be.”  I think  the  man's  words  meant,  “If  You  want  to,  I  believe  You  can  heal  me.”

And  so,  “Filled  with  compassion,  Jesus  reached  out  His  hand  and  touched  the  man.  'I  am  willing,'  He  said.  'Be  clean!'  Immediately  the  leprosy  left  him  and  he  was  cured.”  (Mark  1:  41,  42)  The  man’s  life  was  changed  forever  because  Jesus  was  willing.

Notice  here,  Jesus  says,  “I  am  willing.”  Jesus  was  saying,  “I  want  to  heal  you.”  The  man  with  leprosy  didn't  need  to  do  anything  but  ask  and  Jesus  did  it.

Now  let's  turn  the  tables.  How  often  does  Jesus  ask  us  to  do  simple  things  like  smile  at  a  stranger,  give  a  little  money  to  a  cause,  volunteer  in  church,  feed  a  homeless  person,  or  make  a  phone  call?  Are  you  willing?  Sometimes,  He  asks  hard  things,  like  become  a  missionary,  give  up  your  home  and  go  live  on  the  streets  to  minister  there,  walk  away  from  your  job  and  trust  Him  with  your  future.  Are  you  willing?  Share  the  gospel.  Are  you willing?  Pray.  Are  you  willing?  Be  kind.  Are  you  willing?  Love  your  neighbor.  Are  you  willing?

Have  faith.  Believe.  Trust.  Surrender.  Are  you  willing?

Are  you?

I  am  so  very  glad  that  Jesus  was  willing  to  go  to  the  cross  for  me  and  for  all  mankind.  I am  so  very  glad  He  willingly  loved  me  though  I  was  unlovable.

He  asks  so  little  of  us  in  comparison.  I  am  willing  to  serve  Him  all  the  days  of  my  life!  Are  you?

What  is  Jesus  asking  of  you  today?  Are  you  willing?

Roxanne  Drury  is  a  wife,  mother,  grandmother  and  retired  Christian  preschool  teacher  with  a  Certificate  of  Achievement  in  Early  Childhood  Education  from  Moorpark  College.  She  is  a  former  insurance  executive  and  trainer.  She  has  served  the  Lord  for  over  40  years  in  a  church  setting  in  many  capacities,  with  most  of  her  time  spent  in  children’s  ministry.  Her  heart  is  sharing  God’s  Word  and  its  life  application  through  herblog  at thatslifemissroxanne.blogspot.com

 

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