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Jesus Met A Man

Jesus Met A Man

22 September 2009

Scripture:

12 In one of the villages, Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy. When the man saw Jesus, he fell to the ground, face down in the dust, begging to be healed. “Lord,” he said, “if you want to, you can make me well again.” 13 Jesus reached out and touched the man. “I want to,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared. (Luke 5:12-13 NLT)

What man? Which village? Jesus was preaching throughout the province of Galilee. I wonder which village this miracle happened in? Jesus was on a mission from God – a mission to preach the gospel to the poor, to heal the sick, to deliver the oppressed, to declare, demonstrate, and introduce the Kingdom of God. He must have had some sort of strategic plan to travel among the towns and villages of Galilee, the area east of the Jordan, then Judea, and even a trip or to into Samaria.

But most of the stuff that is written in the gospels is not about his plan or his strategy, it’s about his interactions with individuals and groups of people he encountered on the journey. The gospels record how Jesus responded to seemingly incidental encounters with people on the road or in homes or in public places as he went about living life.

Jesus spoke the words he heard the Father speak and he did the deeds he saw the Father do. He prayed daily and received revelation from his Father about what to do and where to go and when to go. Glenda Merrill says the key to her archery skill is “staying in the now.” I think Jesus had an eye on the Past (all that the prophets had spoken) an eye on the Future (the cross, the tomb, the eternal kingdom) but was fully present in the Now.

I want to understand the balance between strategy and spontaneity; between planning and presence. I want to be a responsible steward of time, talents, and resources and also be spirit-led, able to drop everything to respond to an individual need.

Prayer:

Father, I want to know if that’s really what I’m supposed to do and how I’m supposed to live. Help me to learn and live the balance of strategy and spontaneity, of learning from the past, planning for the future, and functioning fully in the present. Help me to live today according to your plan and led by your Spirit. Amen.

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