Do What Jesus Says

  • March 25, 2015
  • #8583

Do you do what Jesus says? The ten obeyed Jesus’ command and received more than they ever imagined.

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada with a story from the Gospel of Luke.

You know the story well, but let me read it to refresh your memory. It’s from Luke chapter 17, starting with verse 11:

“Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, ‘Jesus, Master, have pity on us!’ When he saw them, he said, ‘Go, show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him — he was a Samaritan.” (Luke 17:11-15)

Now there are many things we can glean from this passage. My husband Ken loves this story because it reminds him to constantly (as he calls it) be the tenth leper; to always give thanks when God answers our requests. But that’s just the point about this passage. You see, when they saw Jesus, the ten lepers did not ask to be healed. They simply asked for pity. All they wanted from the Lord was for Him to take notice and have compassion on them. They did not ask to be healed from their leprosy. They just wanted mercy; they wanted pity.

And so, in response to their request, Jesus tells them to go show themselves to the priests. Immediately they do as they were told to do – and in that very act of obedience – what do you know, God healed them. I can just picture it. I can just see it. There they are scurrying up the road toward the Temple when they suddenly looked down at their feet and, oh my goodness, the crusty, decaying flesh is all gone; instead, they see toes and feet and legs that are clean and pink and healthy looking. They probably stop, oh my goodness, looked at their hands, their hands are no longer rotting and smelly; instead, their hands are like anyone else’s: strong and smooth. They probably start laughing and crying, touching each other’s faces, no longer are their lips decomposing; there’s no crusty, flaky dead skin on their eyelids or cheeks or noses. And they are amazed. But one man is more amazed than all the others, he is the one; he is the tenth leper who returns to thank Jesus.

Now here’s the lesson, and it’s an important one. Remember how the group of lepers only asked for mercy? All they wanted was pity from Jesus? And He told them to go see the priests? And in that act of obedience they received healing? Here’s the lesson: When Jesus asks us to do something, it pays to do it, even if it is just a simple request because the end result may be more – much more – than you could possibly ask for or imagine. The lepers only asked for pity, but God had in mind to give them a complete healing. But the surprise of that healing never would have happened had they not heeded the Lord's instructions to go see the priests. So friend, when the Lord asks you to do something – albeit small and seemingly insignificant – do it! Just do it! Because in your act of obedience, God may well surprise you; He may give you something you never would have dared to ask of Him.      

And today I'm going to ask you to do something. Visit my radio page, would you, at joniandfriends.org because I would like to give you a copy of a pamphlet called “Evidence for the Resurrection.” Easter is coming up very soon and I have a feeling you may find yourself conversing with someone who needs proof of Christ’s resurrection. And guess what, you’ll have this pamphlet handy to guide you in that important discussion. So let me hear from you today on my radio page at joniandfriends.org. And join me next time for "Joni and Friends.”

© Joni and Friends

 

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