Complete in Jesus!
Luke 17:11-19 “And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.”
Jesus knew passing through Samaria and Galilee was the Father's will. Jesus had the heart and mind of the Father. The Father’s will was one and the same with Christ. In fact, they were inseparable. Jesus, being God, is the ultimate example of what man’s relationship with the Father is supposed to be. This relationship that Christ had as the Son of Man is experienced between man and God by simply yielding to his will (Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus”). May we, like Jesus, yield our every desire and ambition to him for the furtherance of his Kingdom. What a stellar relationship this would be! Yet, this is to be normal for the child of God. (I hope you are a child of God?) You cannot know the joy of serving the Master until you have accepted him as such. Oh! But He is so much more than my Master - He is my King, Lord, Commander, Brother, Companion and many other names including my Saviour. Yes, He is more! He is my Friend. Oh, How precious it is for me to be able to call my Creator my Friend. As a friend I want to be able to serve with him as he leads his servant into union with Him.
Yielding our life to the Father is vital in order for us to experience God inside and out. A lot of people experience much of doing for God without experiencing the rest in God. A lot experience the sowing without the reaping. The work without the reward. The miracle without the impact of the miracle. The healing without the filing. The relief without the release. I may sound like I’m rambling, but you are longing for something. You may be looking for satisfaction in serving or you may be looking for healing of all life’s problems; only to find yourself in a new set! We all need something. So I say whether you know the Lord Jesus Christ or not, the answer is still Him for whatever you are facing.
In the Scripture quoted above we see ten man that were lepers. No doubt these men were seeking a miracle. They wanted to be healed of the plague they had, lest they die! They needed Jesus so they could live life. So many want the temporary results of healing just to live life a little longer. No doubt this would be the result of the lepers that met Jesus that day. All except for one, he was known as a Samaritan.
The men were asking for healing and they were told to go present themselves to the priests. This was the protocol for lepers as stated in the book of Leviticus chapter 13. If one was sick with leprosy they were to present themselves to the priest and he would confirm it to be so and then pronounce the leper unclean. The one with leprosy would have to stay isolated (quarantined) for seven days. This was done in order to know if the disease was spreading or on the mend. After seven days the priest would look again on the leper. If the leprosy was stopped, the priest would pronounce him clean and the priest with the leper would present a special offering to LORD signifying him clean; ultimately giving glory to God! (This is given in detail in Leviticus chapter 14.) If the leprosy was not on the mend the leper would be put out of the camp away from society. Most often this would be the death of one with leprosy.
Death was sure to come if Jesus didn't have mercy on them. Even though they had no outward results of healing, they obeyed in simple faith believing that it wold be done! The passage says, “as they went, they were cleansed.” It was the faith that healed them - God cannot deny himself when one is completely depending on Him! The nine were cleansed of leprosy, but the samaritan was saved! This man didn’t disobey the command of going to the priest. No! He realized that Jesus was the real Priest! He returned glorifying God, giving him thanks for all that He had done. He came a stranger and left being a child of God - no longer broken, but completely made whole.
You may be stranger to God. Come to Jesus; he will make you a child! You may be a child, but feel so far away. Come, worship at His feet and thank Him for his cleansing power. Jesus is closer than any brother and more loving than any friend! If you feel fare from Him then start walking in his direction. James 4:8a says, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” As soon as you turn back to Him, He will come to you. If your lacking satisfaction in the one your serving - try giving praise and worship. Service comes as an overflow of the one we love. Many of Christians are empty because they serve without the filling. Filing comes from resting in the finished work of Christ today, tomorrow and for all eternity. I’m satisfied in who he is, not in what I get to do. Please, rest in Christ today! Like the samaritan, you will not find satisfaction in what He can do for you, Nor will find satisfaction in what you can do for him until you first find satisfaction in who He is. He is Jesus — the Saviour of the World! This man was made complete in Jesus!