No more side-stepping

Matthew 8:1-4 paints the picture of a lepor who stepped through the crowd, believing Jesus could heal his incurable disease. Jesus recognized his faith, reached out to touch him, and he was immediately healed.

None of us are perfect, and we all have things that we look back on which make us feel unclean. Or maybe it’s an addiction. Or anger. Or regret. The list of ways people are hurting or have been hurt could go on forever. But don’t wait until everything is fixed, until you feel spiritually ready, until you have every answer. Your heavenly father wants you exactly as you are: broken. He meets us with love, not condemnation. He forgave, it’s our turn to step out of the crowd.

Then what did the lepor do? He simply knelt. It was worship, it was surrender. We hold onto our ways of living but avoid the ultimate blessing. We step to the side to avoid confrontation instead of moving forward. When we hand it all to Him without knowing every answer- it can be scary. Thankfully God knows our hearts and wants us to live a life of joy and purpose.

When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

Matthew 8:1-4 (NIV)