Monday, March 16, 2015
Help me help them
Luke 17:11-19 (NKJV) – Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. 13 And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. 17 So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18 Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”
Sometimes we find ourselves on an unpleasant path in the course of life. We pray asking God to change or intervene; however, it seems there is a purpose in our struggles; something we are to glean, some way in which God may use what we are experiencing. Yet that sense doesn’t lessen the pain or difficulty. So what do you do when God’s purpose and your life collide at the intersection of trouble? You remember why you are there! Take your focus off the pain and put it on your purpose. God’s plan for you hasn’t changed. Trouble doesn’t give you a pass from divine initiative. God’s plan and your responsibility remain.
In Luke 17: 11-19, Jesus, in route to His death, did not ignore the ten lepers begging for mercy; He healed them. As you navigate the waters of sickness, pain, financial challenge, relational difficulty, whatever the specifics, take a moment to see who God has placed in your path to use you as a resource for Him. Follow His instruction and be a source of healing and life to them.