>> Friday, June 4, 2010
In Luke 17:11-19 Luke shares the story of Jesus going through Jerusalem passing through the unthinkable Samaria to get there. Jesus was on a mission and did not take up man's offenses. He entered a village not named and there were 10 men with lepers waiting for him standing and maybe huddled on the fringe of the village. Their eyes beheld the glory of Jesus and they all lifted up their voices yelling and crying out, JESUS, MASTER, have mercy on us.
They not only identified him as JESUS the Messiah but they yielded to call Him Master! Jesus healed them and told them to be verified by the priest that they may return unto their village and their families, they were cleansed.
One of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, with a loud voice glorified God, fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan!
What significance that God would not only tell us he went through the despised town of Samaria but that a Samaritan was the only one to Worship HIM!! (side bar: maybe because the Samaritan woman had already been there and she turned her village upside down for Jesus and the entire village knew it! just a thought!!!)
Notice the Lord almost doesnt even take in the worship, he turns the tables and says "There where 10 of you where are the other nine? They were no were to be found they didnt return to give God glory.
Why and how is this? Ten are healed from a deadly isolating disease and only 1 comes with adoration and praise through gratefulness?????? They all acknowledged him as Jesus and Master, how does this happen and why?
The answer is; We can know Jesus, acknowledge him as Master but our hearts only desire what He can give us rather than our hearts solely wanting Him.The nine got what they wanted and the condition of the hearts was evident....they went there way. However one, just one, wanted Jesus more than anything and Jesus says to him, go your way, YOUR faith has made YOU whole.
Sisters, are we confessing Jesus and Master, but our hearts are running away from him? Are we understanding as he blesses us with breath we should worship and praise Him? In the very blessings of His presence are we worshipping Him with the condition of our hearts, does he have our hearts?
Let us examine our hearts, are they veiled with sin or self? Are we allowing the power of God to transform our hearts to be so dependant on Jesus that we come to realize that all we have to do is seek HIM and the healing in our lives comes from our faith.
Our faith is ignited when we are hungering and thirsting after HIM. Not the things he can do for us or give us. Are we wanting Jesus more than anything or are we just wanting what he can give.
We are in the last days, I urge us all to examine our hearts. I know because I have identified the difference in my own life. Our lifestyle is always in need of raising the bar, it is always in need of growing and forever coming to realize we really dont understand the magnificent ways of the Lord. Let us not be stagnate or stuck where we are, but let us all look to Jesus to teach us who He is and who we are not!
Lord forgive me and us for allowing our hearts to be deceive to think we can run to you for what you can give us but not run after you for YOU. Help us all to identify the difference and teach us in this lost and fallen world how distracted we truly are from a Whole Heart totally devoted to YOU! Bless you, in Jesus name, Amen.