Show yourselves...

Published on 13 February 2021 at 12:29

Luke 17:13,14

13. And they lifted up their voices and said, “JESUS, Master, have mercy on us!”

14. So when HE saw them, HE said to them, “GO show yourselves to the priests.”

 

I love it when a scripture starts with “and.”

I always know that an extraordinary impossible circumstance was set before ‘and.’ But we are about to watch GOD step IN, show UP, and show OUT in a that situation.

 

Have you ever made plans to see a movie when you saw the previews? I think that this is the reason why the screens are so big in the theatre’s. The plan is to enhance the exposition. The story and intro always slides in slow and usually there is a giggle or two, to not only introduce the characters to you, but to acquaint you with them and cause you to relate to them.

 

I can’t develop a relationship with someone in two minutes, but I do know whether I want to or not.

 

Let me say that again in a different way. I want to develop long lasting friendships with everyone I meet. But this world is real. And this is not possible. Some personalities are not compatible. So, I have recently learned to hand my life completely over to GOD.

 

I got saved...

At 7.

 

But I received salvation 4 months ago.

 

How?

I said the prayer with my lips, but I didn’t trust JESUS with my heart.

I got saved and I knew what GOD wanted my life to look like and what HE wanted me to do with it...

 

sorta...

 

But I got sick 4 months ago. My liver stopped and I was extremely healthy. Eating right, working out, planning meals, taking vitamins, seeing both of my primary cares every every week, blood work, psychiatrist, therapist...

 

Church,

Everyone knows I love church, smiling, getting in my vitamin D, pool 5 days per week, 4 hours per day...

 

Afterwards I was exhausted and not looking healthier, and I was feeling and looking worse.

 

I almost died...

Again....

A spiritual leper.

Eating all of the spiritual bread I could handle.

But I had not applied any of it.

I was rusting and corroding from the inside out.

 

Pieces of me, rusted over and just fell off.

 

People say that the WORD works..

 

I will say, “the word works when you apply it." These are GODS words. When you say JESUS I want to be saved, but you don’t let HIM come into your heart, you are saying, JESUS I want YOU, but I want some of me too.

 

My cousins and I used to sit in chairs together. No matter how small the chairs were, we try to fit our tiny bodies into one chair.

 

My grandma would laugh and just pull out her Polaroid.

 

Laughing...

something that came naturally...

before.

 

But it was silly. One chair available, so without considering the inevitable finger schmush, slam or cry, we piled in. All except for one of my cousins.

 

She was smart.

 

She would stand back and watch us fight over the chair and each, one by one walk away the loser.

 

She waited

 

Her end goal was not the same as ours...

 

The chair was part of our game. We would pile on top of each other and grip the armrests because the chair was 'IT' for us!

 

This game was about one thing...

The chair...

 

But as we went to the freezer for ice, Crystal would skip right over to where we should have been all along.

When she heard us tousling she would peak out of the room. She did not want to be a part of the fight though. She just wanted to read. And after we we were done fighting, leaving the chair a mess, Crystal WON!

She got to sit on her Throne...

 

Comfortable and in control. In control because for a day or two atleast, we wouldn’t want anything to do with that chair because of the pain “it caused us”

 

We were angry, but I bet if that chair had a mouth it would tell a few stories...

 

But it seems that we never bothered to consider that.

Now consider this...

 

You say you want to be saved, but you don’t really want to because you don’t let JESUS in. Here’s my house JESUS. You invite HIM over to fix the appliances, build you a dining room and a coffee table, and you know it will be fabulous because it’s JESUS, (carpentry skill: check)

But you won’t let him come into your house or see anything inside.

 

Better yet:

HE comes in from the summer heat. You see that HE is hot, with little sweat beads on HIS brow. HES carrying HIS tools.

 

Tired...

 

You have 7 chairs in your livingroom. 6 chairs are empty and HES here to do this job free of charge. You don’t offer HIM anything to drink, and the only chair you will allow HIM to sit in has someone sitting in it...

Is HE in control?

Yes..

HE can either share a seat or stand....

And because HE loves you and doesn't want to damage your heart any further...

Can a king ever share HIS throne with anyone?

Would you?

 

So I received salvation four months ago although I have been saved for 35 years. I heard of JESUS, and believed in HIM.

 

I believed.

But I didn’t know HIM. We were acquaintances.

 

A friend you run to. You grab them and hug them! You love them and you want to catch up and fall right back to where you were when you last spoke.

 

You are pleased to make someone’s acquaintance...

 

Acquaintances are a formality, not a friendship. I don’t tell my acquaintances my heart, I tell my friends my heart.

 

JESUS wants one thing. HE wants your heart. HE only wants to take it, wash it off and give it back to you,

Better than ever...

 

But HE can’t clean half of your heart anymore than you can sit on half of a chair.

 

HEs standing...

HE is watching from the sidelines until the struggle subsides.

 

HE won’t run in and fight with others for a place in your heart, but...

 

HE waits

HEs a gentleman and HE waits

 

HE needs an invitation from you

INvite HIM in...

 

Become friends, not acquaintances.

 

HE is priest...

HE sent them to the group of priests so that the priests could tell them what HE already knew...

 

That they were healed!

But in verse 13 they cried out “JESUS, Master!”

Master means man in charge of an organization.

Jesus means deliverer.

 

These men were obviously Jewish because they connected on that level. JESUS told them to show themselves to the priests...

 

First if you call JESUS, Master, asking for healing, you are approaching HIM because you know that as Master there is a level of deity there. You may not know what HES in charge of, but you know that HE is in charge of something and because of that HE has the authority to cast out or bring in whatever HE wants.

 

The name JESUS means deliverer..

 

When HE said to go show yourself, they should’ve said, “look at me”

 

But the only one that said 'thank you' did so with a loud voice,..

 

Glorifying GOD!

This man...

Seen by the Jewish people as half...

Half Jewish

Half of a man

Half breed...

 

But he knew how to give GOD his whole heart, full of praise...

 

And never give credence to what others say about you.

What matters is what you say about yourself.

 

JESUS asked the disciples, “who do you Say I am?

Your identity is found in CHRIST.

 

Find JESUS!

List HIS attributes...

Find you in JESUS!

Speak those attributes over yourself!

JESUS didn’t ask the disciples 'who have I said that I am?'

 

JESUS SAID, “WHO DO YOU SAY?”

 

So find JESUS...

Get healed

Find JESUS ATTRIBUTES!

Speak these attributes and live!

 

This Valentines Day, let’s give True Love our hearts...


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