This is what God gave me today in His word:
And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons. And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter. (Mark 1:39-45)
If you will, let me ask you a question: if Jesus Christ, God’s own son, healed you from a disease which would kill you in one of the most horrible ways possible, and then told you not to tell anyone what he’d done… What would you do? Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not encouraging anyone to disobey what Christ wants them to do; whatever that may be. However, we should be like the leper here, in that we shouldn’t be able to stop talking of Jesus. With that said, let me ask another question:
If Jesus cured you of a disease that would undoubtedly killed you, today, and not put any restriction on your tongue when He did so, what would you do? Well guess what, if you’re a Christian, you have been cured. But, another question here, is your response the same as the lepers? Are you telling others of the great physician, who is able to cure-all sin diseases?
“Well,” someone may say, “I honestly would tell people about Christ! I would share what He’s done for me, and tell others of His love… But there just isn’t any opening for me to do so. So, I’m waiting on God to open the door for me, then I’ll walk through.” Now this is just fine, it’s just the reality is that God has opened the door for us, and we’re just not noticing. Think of the former-leper for a minute. Now, do you think that Jews, the very people who later crucified Jesus, were all that receptive to hearing some random guy talking about someone who’d healed him. Yes, its true people possibly gave him more of an ear because it was clear he had been healed. But the same should be true of us; everyone should be able to see that we have indeed been saved by the change in our lives.
The point being this: we’ve been cured from a disease worse than the lepers. Not only that, but Christ hasn’t told us not to speak of what He’s done for us, but instead encourages us to do so. Should then, our response not be far greater than the lepers was?
You are Loved!