If You Are Willing
In Scripture, leprosy was seen as a contagious chronic disease. And lepers were to shout “unclean” whenever they moved about, so that no one gets near or touches them. People shunned their company and run away from them when they saw them approaching. In Luke 5: 12-16, we read about this leper who was treated as an outcast with no love and affection. He hungered for a simple touch of love. He was just fed up with the indifference of his people. Seeing Jesus, he prostrates before Him in total desperation.
12 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.”
13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.
Luke 5:12-16 New International Version (NIV)
Think about this: What will make a leper kneel in worship when he was supposed to be crying aloud “unclean”? Indeed, approaching Jesus with worship was an indication of the conviction this leper had that Jesus could heal him. Now, what this leper teaches us today is this; before Jesus, our difficulties are only secondary, our priority when we kneel before Jesus should be worship and not be in a haste to get our needs across.
True worship catches the attention of Jesus and He can only say to that leper: “I want to, be whole”. I understand that you might be hurting because of some difficulties you are going through. But seek to offer Jesus some songs of worship and hold on with making loud your request. Remember, it is worship not crying “unclean” that catches the attention of Christ. Turn all your worries into worship and watch God turn your battles into blessings.
Peace and Joy
Arthur: Rev. Fr. Courage Dogbey
Lord, if you are willing, save me. If You are willing, let Your face shine upon me. Answer me when I call, Lord. Amen