Lord if You Choose…
There comes a point in each of our lives when we are faced with a choice- do I continue down the road I am traveling, or am I prepared to travel in a different direction? This question becomes more dramatic when we hit rock bottom- a relationship becomes filled with chaos and we are not sure if we are going or coming; a lover refuses to commit; your pay and professional responsibilities are frozen; your health descends to an unacceptable plateau and you begin to wonder, “Is this how I will live for the rest of my life?”
There is a story which is recorded in Mark, Matthew and Luke about a leper who approaches Jesus and in faith, asks the Lord to heal him. Leprosy was thought to be incurable. Public health concerns prohibited lepers to have contact with the general population. Jesus heals the man and the man becomes a great testimony to what the Lord can do. The man begins be saying, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” Look at what happens next.
“Jesus is moved with pity.” (Mark 1: 41) Lesson: Jesus is moved by our human condition. In like manner, you and I should take pity on those who suffer. Next, Jesus touches the man, even though public health policy forbid anyone to come in physical contact with those who had this disease. (vs. 41). Let us not overlook that the sick man has the nerve to approach Jesus. (vs. 40) You and I should resist the temptation to fight our battles alone and should always feel welcome to approach the Lord for direct assistance. Last, the leper, now healed begins to become a one man testimony for Jesus and spreads the story of his healing grace and power throughout the entire region. (vs. 45)
If the Lord has made a difference in your life, whom will you tell? If the Lord has washed you, cleaned you up from the life you once knew, to whom will you share the good news? Tell your story! Tell someone about the transformation in your life! Tell of the grace, mercy and love of Jesus Christ!
Mark 1: 40 A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, “If you choose, you can make me clean.” 41 Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I do choose. Be made clean!” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. 43 After sternly warning him he sent him away at once, 44 saying 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.” 45 But 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. 
Questions for Reflection:
- The leper in this story begins to tell all who will listen about what the Lord has done in his life. When have you felt compelled to share your story about what Jesus means to you?
- How do you feel when you tell others about the difference Jesus Christ is making in your life?
- Why do you think Jesus told the leper not to tell others what he had done for him?
Prayer: Lord, I have made my decision and today I choose you! I choose you because there is none like you. I choose you because you are smarter than the smartest person, stronger than the mighty, more loving than the greatest lover and above all, you promise redemption from our sins and eternal life in that kingdom which has no end. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.
Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III
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