I see so many single mothers like these lepers, they ‘stand at a distance’ crying out for mercy, they do not know the One whom they can draw near to. They seem to shout “UNCLEAN” in all they do; the shame that they bear is evident for all to see.
Isaiah 54 instructs us to “cry aloud.”
So… even at a distance we can cry out for MERCY to the All Merciful One.
Over the years as a single mother, the Lord graciously showed me ‘keys’ to emotional and spiritual wellness. I am so thankful for the Word of God which is alive. Jesus wants us to enter fully into all that He has for us and all that He has created us to be. So often we take our blessing and run, like the men in this story, but when we pause and worship Him…He has MORE in store for us.
Jesus told the lepers, Go now and present yourselves to the priests for inspection of your disease.
They went, and before they reached the priests, their skin disease was healed, leaving no trace of the disease that scarred them and separated them from the community (Luke 17: 14 The Voice).
Please take note that Jesus did not come and touch them. He simply gave them instruction. They had to act upon His instructions.
They could have easily stayed in that place crying out for mercy. As we see these men walking out the instruction, look what happens: “and on the way they were healed (or cleansed).”
How many of us are standing in the same place doing the same thing, crying out the same way waiting on the healing?
I love that they were “healed on the way.”
This literally means they were cleansed from physical stains and dirt.
As we read on in Luke, we find there is MORE.
One of the 10 (that is 10%) TURNED and went back to the HIGH PRIEST (Jesus) to thank Him and worship Him. This one that returned was a Samaritan, a ‘foreigner’, an outcast. But as such, his life was not dictated by a religious formula. He didn’t know religious protocol. The deprivation of the disease had made the men all equal, they were ALL outcasts. But when the healing came, one was separated out and identified as ‘different’. This Samaritan dared to go against the flow.
So many times we are like the 9. We get so caught up in the religious practices that we fail to turn aside to worship the ONE who heals us. But this Samaritan shows us a better way, he went back to say Thank You and worship Jesus. When this outcast, the dirty, diseased foreigner went to worship Jesus, Jesus said “Stand up and go; your faith has made you well” (Luke 17:17 NASB). This time Jesus was stating that this man was kept safe and sound, and was rescued from danger or destruction.
This time Jesus is declaring a WHOLE healing over this man and a place of safety. He would never again be tormented by the disease.
Jesus even asks, “There were 9 others, where are they?” It’s not that Jesus NEEDS our thanks or praise, however…He knows that it the KEY to freedom.
FULL freedom is to bow down and worship Him and give Him thanks for what He has done.
- Pause and consider what He has done. Has he Healed? Restored? Provided?
- Take time to actually WRITE Jesus a thank you note, honor and magnify His name for what He has done. If He has provided, worship Him as Provider. If He has brought peace in an area, worship the Prince of Peace.
- Let Him take you beyond the cleansing into a place of wholeness.
He is the ever-abundant God, waiting for us to worship Him. He INHABITS the praises of His people. When He inhabits the atmosphere, or our hearts, or our home…there is no place for darkness or despair. Today we can be made whole!
We Are Made WHOLE in Worship!
Where are you broken? What will you do to mend the broken pieces in your life?
By Misty Honnold
Mother of 2 adult girls, 2 adult sons & 2 amazing son-in-laws (married to daughters)
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Executive Director and Founder of The Single MOM KC
Hostess of Mocha Moments For The Single MO
This article was previously posted on August 26, 2014 on 1Corinthians13Parenting.com.