Monday, November 29, 2010
What is the word of your testimony? I hope you’ll share it with me here. In the first chapter of Mark we’re already reading about the miracles Jesus performed. This is one of my favorite testimonies.
Mark 1:40-45 (NKJV) -Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”
Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed." As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed.
One day while sitting in the stench of my own sin, I read this and cried out to God, ‘Lord, if You’re willing, You can make me clean, too.’
And with just as much compassion, He said to me, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.’
And just as the leper was free from leprosy – I was made clean from my sins.
And just as the leper that was made clean had to share his story, so must I.
I cannot imagine having leprosy. In biblical times, lepers had to announce themselves when in public, calling out, ‘Unclean. Unclean.’ How shameful.
How much more shameful would it be if we had to announce ourselves upon arrival anywhere, ‘I’m unclean, I’m filthy with sin.’
Satan wants us to live in the lonely little corner of life beneath the sign, shame - where so many of us find ourselves daily.
Jesus says that yes, He is able, He is willing and He will make you clean.
Are you willing to ask Him – today?