Topic: Matthew 8:2-3
Tell me about who you are as a man? How about as a Christian? In how many ways do you identify yourself: father, brother, husband, son, friend, lover?
Do you ever describe yourself with words like dreamer, or revolutionary? What holds you back from being God's hands in bringing about change and transformation in this broken world?
As Christ-followers, we follow a personal God who is both willing and able to heal. Matthew 8:2-3 tells us, "A man with leprosy came and knelt before Christ and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" Immediately he was cured of his leprosy."
We are also told in 2 Corinthians 3:18 that "we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." It isn't a question about whether we are being transformed into the likeness of Christ as believers. The Holy Spirit dwells in us and even if the progress seems slow, change is occurring. The question is whether we allow that change to overflow and cause us to become a transformative force in our world.
Jesus was willing and able to heal, and he still is. He longs to be involved in the lives of billions of hurting people now just as much as He longed to see the healing of that one leprous man come to fruition. And He wants to use you to bring about this revolution.
How often are we unwilling to allow God to use us, or untrusting that He has given us the strength needed for the task ahead? God is in the business of transforming lives, and as He works in us, He desires to use our changed lives to have an impact on individuals, families and communities.
Are you open and willing for God to use you in ways to further His will on Earth and to glorify Him?