Are you waiting for God? Or, is God waiting for you? Before you answer, keep reading. The answer may not be as easy as you think. Let me explain. In the Book of Luke, chapter 17, there were ten lepers standing together, when they noticed that Jesus was “afar off.” So they shouted to Him and said, “Jesus, Master, Have mercy on us.” In other words, “Jesus, Heal us, okay?” They wanted to be cleansed. What Jesus didn’t say next, is almost as important as what He did say. He didn’t say, “Okay, come over here and I will pray a loud and thunderous prayer. I’ll make it a big production for the people to see. Then, you’ll feel a jolt, as if you’ve been struck by lightening. And then, finally, my children, you will be healed.” He didn’t say that. Jesus also didn’t say, “Come, let me touch your forehead. Your body will begin to glow; your eyelids will turn blue. Finally, you will shiver and then, you’ll be cleansed.” Nope. He didn’t say that, either. When the lepers asked Jesus to heal them, Jesus simply said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” He spoke six words. Ten men with leprosy, for who-knows how long, and Jesus gives them six words. At that point, nothing about their physical condition had changed.
Leprosy is a very contagious disease and, as a result, lepers were quarantined from the rest of society. They lived in what was known as Leper’s Colonies to keep the rest of society protected from them. According to the laws and customs of that time, when a person was believed to be cured or cleansed of leprosy, they didn’t just get to resume a normal life, not at all. First, they had to go to the priests to be examined and have their cleansing confirmed. Then, if and only if, they passed the examination, the priests declared them clean. The leper would then be allowed to re-enter society. On the contrary, if a leper presented himself to the priests without evidence of healing, they could be put to death for exposing others to the disease.
Now, if one of us had been one of those lepers, and Jesus said, “Go show yourselves to the priests,” we probably would have said, “Show ourselves to the priests? But, you haven’t done anything, yet!” We probably would have said, “What do you mean, ‘show ourselves to the priests?’ Looking like this? What are you trying to do, get us killed?” But, these lepers didn’t say any of that. You know what those ten lepers said? NOTHING. That’s right, they said nothing. Instead, the scripture says, “As they went, they were cleansed.” Despite the apparent danger of going to the priests without any sign of change in their condition, they went. They acted on Jesus’ words in the face of contradiction. That’s faith in action.
See, real faith is simply acting on the Word of God that you believe. The lepers asked for healing. Jesus gave them these words: “Go show yourselves to the priests.” After that, they didn’t stand there and debate with Jesus. They didn’t stand there and wait for evidence. They didn’t stand there, at all. They simply believed Jesus’ words, so they acted on what He said. They believed, so they went. And so it was AS THEY WENT, that they were cleansed (healed). Exciting, right? But, wait. What if they had never “went”? Basically, nothing would have ever changed for them. Do you think they would have said, “Jesus’ word doesn’t work”? Would they have stopped believing in Him? What about you?
Have you been waiting instead of “wenting”? Have the answers to your prayers been sent, but remain undelivered to your life because you haven’t made a move? When your actions are consistent with the Word of God that you believe, that’s what I call “wenting.” It’s in the “wenting” that prayers are answered. It’s in the “wenting” that your physical eyes begin to see the pictures your spirit has been painting of your glorious future. It’s in the “wenting” that you provide an example of faith for others to follow.
Is there something you’ve asked God to do? Is there some place you desire to reach in your life? Do you have a dream in your spirit that you know is part of the destiny God has for you? Then, don’t wait. Ask the Master. He’ll give you a word. And then, do what the lepers did: Start “wenting.”
And when he saw them, He said unto them, Go show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. Luke 17:14
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