|You seek to please others for Jesus’ sake, but only in so far as you do not have to compromise your priorities and convictions. Only you can know if the kind of job you do and the hours you work are “as for the Lord rather than for men.” It is important for you to spend time alone with Jesus reviewing the object of your desire to please so that you will “not shrink from Him in shame at His Coming.”” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“…See that you say nothing to anyone…” Mark 1:44
Jesus encounters a leper who comes to the Savior to be healed, “If you will, you can make me clean.”44 The leper saw in Jesus the power to heal, but not necessarily the willingness. The followers of Jesus know that He can; they are not sure that He will.
Moved with compassion, Jesus heals him, and then “sternly charged him… “See that you say nothing to any one…” But the cleansed leper “began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news.” The leper did not see the need to obey Jesus. The extraordinary grace Jesus bestowed on him apparently led him to believe that He could neglect the express command of Jesus.
This leper typifies many followers of Christ. They see in Jesus the solution to their problems, but see no particular need to do what He says, especially in those areas of their lives in which they are inclined to follow their own desires. Special blessing carries with it the risk of presumption. “Since I am the object of God’s favor, I can afford to ignore His commands.”
There exists a subtle form of rebellion that argues that if I am truly loved by God I can disobey him, especially if there is lacking any objective evidence that it causes harm. How can anybody fault the leper for his enthusiasm in telling others of the wonderful work of Christ? Was he not merely anticipating the Great Commission? Never assume that you can break the commandments of God for pragmatic reasons.
If Jesus has the power to save, He has the authority to command. The end does not justify the means. Anytime you use an immoral argument to prove morality, you know that your premise is wrong. Paul says it eloquently, “…Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.”45
44 Mark 1:40
Exodus 23-24 Matthew 20:1-16 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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