Faith is an Action
As I read another part of the Book I am convicted of the many times I have procastinated or ignored an inner desire to do or start something. Most of us like to wait for perfect conditions before we progress with ideas.
Ten lepers, standing at a distance approached Jesus and called out ‘Jesus, master have mercy on us’. Jesus replied ‘ Go, show yourselves to the high priest’. ‘As they went‘, things happened.
Few things to learn from this story:
Shame-Leprosy is contagious hence they stood at a distance. Some of our conditions though not visible like leprosy does make us stand aloft. Some of these could be rejection, fear, anxiety, depression, past failures. Some of these are products of shame.
Asking for help -They recognised their condition and asked for help. This is where some have boldly taken the bull by the horn and gone in search of solution. This could be available in numerous ways, doctors, referrals to counsellors, psychtherapists, coaches, adopting a mentor etc. Asking for help is sometimes the most difficult thing to do but needs to be done in order to have that life changing experience.
Do something – Jesus told them to show themselves to the priest. ‘This doesn’t make sense, he knows we are not allowed to do that by law’ they must have reasoned but proceeded. We rationalise a lot today if instructions fail to meet our standards. They were going against the grain by obeying Jesus but He knows best and a principle is being displayed here. Faith is an action.
Positive Results – They obeyed the instruction and went. ‘As they went, they were healed’. Great things happen when we act on information or leadings and do not rationalise ourselves out of it. Taking action and at the right time is key to success. Miracles happened as ‘they went’. Luke 17:12-17
Abnormal action – The action they took was not normal. They needed to go through some rituals before pressenting themselves to the priest according the stated law but as the High Priest (Jesus) ordered, they obeyed. They acted in faith not waiting to see diminishing symptoms. Acting in faith most times doesn’t make sense to the normal mind.
Thanksgiving was also an important lesson from the story. Out of the ten healed , one returned to give thanks. ‘Where are the remaining’ asked Jesus. By returning to give thanks, he did not only get physical healing, he got spiritual healing too when Jesus declared, ‘Your faith has made you whole’. Whole in body, whole in spirit.
In conclusion, taking action to see results is important although it may be partial to start with. Have you started a business and wondered when the money will start rolling in. Never give up your dreams, take those small steps and see the full picture unfold.
Those ideas and hunches you shelved, why don’t you revisit them today,it may have have been God-ordained but you are too scared to actualise it. Someone greater thn you is waiting to help.