“And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”
Matthew 8:2-3 NKJV
We come across this encounter after Jesus has taught on the Mount.
We are told at the end of Matthew 7 that people were astonished by Jesus’ teaching because He taught with someone who had authority.
“When Jesus had finished [speaking] these words [on the mountain], the crowds were astonished and overwhelmed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one who had authority [to teach entirely of His own volition], and not as their scribes [who relied on others to confirm their authority].”
MATTHEW 7:28-29 AMP
All authority has been handed to the risen Jesus Christ by the Father –
“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”
Matthew 28:18 NKJV
The question that remains is, are we willing to approach Jesus and receive?
Are you willing to repent?
Are you willing to surrender?
Are you willing to accept that you are saved by grace and not works and that whilst you were a sinner Christ died for you?
Are you willing to be led by the Holy Spirit?
Are you willing to lean on, rely on, trust in God when the road twists, turns or meanders?
Are you willing to love the Lord God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength?
Are you willing to slow down or up the tempo accordingly?
Are you willing to embrace rest?
Are you willing to be accountable?
Are you willing to pray; Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, give us this day our daily bread, forgive us our trespasses whilst forgiving those who trespass against us?
Are you willing to pray for; wisdom, knowledge, understanding, strength to know the depth, width, height and length of the love of Jesus Christ and to be filled with His fullness?
Are you willing to hear the voice of the Lord today, not harden your heart and obey His commands?
Are you willing to humble yourself before the Lord and receive His exaltation in due course?
Are you willing to follow Jesus Christ although you cannot explain your circumstance?
Are you willing to lay aside your plans, ideas and dreams down and pick up His?
Are you willing to leave this “promise land” and embrace His new direction?
Are you willing to leave behind your old ways of thinking, being and doing in order to continue on the journey of being conformed to His image?
Are you willing to embrace the stretch and learn something new?
Are you willing to admit “I don’t know” but say “teach me Lord”?
Are you willing to; love patiently and kindly, not give up, not lose faith, hope and endure?
Are you willing to let go of some old relationships and embrace the new ones?
Are you willing to let go of the weights and the sins that beset?
Are you willing to let go of the disappointments, hurts, failure, rejection and hand them to the Almighty who makes all things work together for your good?
Are you willing to; let go of jealousy, boasting, pride, not depend your own way or be irritable, hold record of wrongs and rejoice in the Truth?
Are you willing to endure, plant, persevere and sow?
Are you willing to be misunderstood, be alone and isolated?
Are you willing to feel the pinch of your flesh and the ridicule of the world?
Are you willing to take His peace and believe when He says “My grace is sufficient for you…don’t worry, don’t be anxious, don’t be afraid”?
Are you willing to pray about everything?
Are you willing to think on what’s true, lovely, excellent, praiseworthy and admirable?
Are you willing to run with endurance fixing your eyes on the Author and Perfector of your faith?