The story of the ten lepers
As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. Luke 17: 11-14
The first lesson: Faith
The ten lepers stood at a distance, afar off (because the Law required them to keep distance) begging Jesus to have mercy on them. The Lord did have mercy on them and instructed them to show themselves to the priests. The priests would have to inspect them and pronounce the disease as healed or not.
In most other instances, we see Jesus healing the sick instantly, on the spot. Not in this instance. The lepers were being invited to exercise faith, as none of them were yet “clean” when Jesus instructed them to show themselves to the priests. Picture these lepers for a moment. They were probably limping along, some with decaying limbs, going to show themselves to the priests because they were supposedly healed, when in fact they were not yet.
That’s why it’s called FAITH. But as they “hoped” to get well, simply obeyed and went, the limping became less and less noticeable. The decayed limbs began to grow back. The skin began to heal and renew itself. The Power of God marvelously regenerated their bodies.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
Friends, have you been praying and waiting on God for something? You know in your spirit; it is what God is calling you to do. You are now waiting on God to show you a sign. You are probably waiting on God for an open invitation, which will let you comfortably slide in without too much uncertainty. I submit to you, the Lord is inviting you to personally experience FAITH, an invitation to join God in a miracle. As you step out in FAITH, rest assured He will meet with you. Talking about FAITH and personally experiencing FAITH are two completely different things. In the book of James, we read “Faith without works is dead”. Your work arising out of your faith in Him is powerful. It will transform you and impact those around you tremendously.
Your situation is an open invitation from God to personally experience faith and join with Him for a miracle.
A word of caution: Only be sure you have indeed heard from the Lord. Discuss with a few trustworthy brothers and sisters. The bible says:
Proverbs 15:22 – Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established.
Many a time I’ve seen people mistake personal desires and seemingly great ideas to be the Lord’s calling. These are wrong motives. I have done it too.…more than once. Most often, this leads to disappointment, discouragement, and depression. This is a clever ploy of the enemy to knock you down and cause you to lose faith in Christ. Having been beaten, bruised, and knocked down on several occasions, I’ve learned to seek counsel from trustworthy friends.
But when it is indeed an invitation from the Lord, step out in faith and experience faith in its fullness, miracle, and all.
Food for thought: Why is it that most miracles happen in third-world countries where often people have no choice but to trust in the Lord? Stories of food multiplying, demons being cast out, healings, rain stops, and miraculous protection during violent protests are all quite common out there in the mission fields, isn’t it? Why? Because there is no other option except to trust in the Lord. These hardships are all the more reason they believe and cling closer to the Lord. They don’t have a plan B. What would you do in such a situation?
Luke 17: 17-18 – Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”
The second lesson – Gratitude
All the Ten lepers were healed, but only one returned to Jesus praising God. Only one fell at the feet of Jesus to thank him for what he had done.
Without an attitude of gratitude, we will find it hard to experience intimacy with the Lord in our daily walk with Him. We will find it hard to hear His voice when reading the bible. Most certainly, our prayers will be ineffective. A popular saying goes like this. “An attitude of gratitude determines your altitude”. I am not sure who said it, but that is a true statement.
When we are grateful for our salvation, grateful for our daily provision, grateful for our jobs, and grateful for His grace and mercy over our lives, only then can we experience His joy and love. No matter how hard a situation you may be going through, you will experience a deep peace that cannot be explained. When you have an attitude of gratitude, God will lift you up and promote you in your life and in your walk with Him.
To summarize, act on your faith because faith without works is dead and always carry an attitude of gratitude.