Daily Archives: January 8, 2013

Genesis 8; Matthew 8; Ezra 8; Acts 8

When he came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” ~ Matthew 8:1-2


After taking a six-month break from serving in our church, my husband and I have slowly gotten back into serving.  This next semester we’ll be leading a small group and I have rejoined the prayer team.  A few days ago, I began thinking about all the demands that seemed to be swarming over my life suddenly: I work all day, I barely see Savannah in the evenings before bed, the weekends go by too quickly and now we’ve said we’d take 1 week night to lead a group and a few hours to volunteer at church.  The volunteering hadn’t even started and I was already flipping out…but then I read today’s passage.


After reading Matthew 8, I flipped back through the pages (yes, pages) to see how long Jesus was on the mountainside teaching.  He was up there for hours.  So then I reread verse 1: After several hours of teaching, without a break to eat or rest, Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him.  It was verses 2-3 that really caught my attention, “A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.’”  Keeping in mind that Jesus was probably quite fatigued and famished by this hour, any number of people might have responded to the man: “Look I’ve just preached for 18 hours straight, without stopping to eat or rest.  You should have joined us.  It’s late and my disciples and I are tired, so come back and join us next Sunday.  Hope to see you there.”


If Jesus was operating in his own strength, I’m sure that he might have said that—or at least thought it.  Even if he had tried to help the man, it would have been with a heavy sigh and a begrudging heart.  But the key is that Jesus was called by his Father to teach and serve and to walk as an example.  And because his Father called him, He also provided the spirit for him.  That way, Jesus would be operating out of the spirit and not the flesh.  And in that power, “Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately he was cured of his leprosy,” (Matthew 8:3).


Father God, help me to always operate in the Holy Spirit’s strength and power.  Help me to remember that you called me to serve and since you called, you will provide the strength and power I need to fulfill your tasks.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.




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