2017-07-01 - Stepping Out in Faith
In the Gospel of Luke, we find the story of ten men suffering from leprosy. Not only was leprosy physically disabling, but those who were suffering from it were also social outcasts. Jesus, in his travels, came across ten victims of this disease. Luke 17:12 says, "They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, 'Jesus, Master, have pity on us." These men, desperate for help, didn't want to contaminate Jesus or make Him unclean. Jesus instructed them to go and show themselves to the priests. Luke then says, "And as they went, they were cleansed." (Luke 17:14) The normal procedure, after being cured, was to go to the priest. Jesus, however, instructed these men to see the priests before they were healed. The lepers must have wondered why Jesus wanted them to go to the priests without being healed first. But these ten lepers stepped out in faith, and headed towards the synagogue to find the priests. They obeyed Jesus; then they were healed.
What about us today? Are we willing to listen to Jesus, and step out in faith? Are we willing to follow Jesus' instructions, even when they seem unpopular or "politically incorrect," in today's culture? We won't know what Jesus has in store for us, until we step out in faith.
Richard Moser, Jr
All scripture references from NIV (New International Version) unless otherwise noted