Summary: The importance of obedience. Your obedience affects God’s plans!
How many of you actually think out how routine your days can be? I know we joke about how kids change everything and bring new excitement to each day but we still follow the same plans and molds that have been placed before us. You get out of bed at a certain time, get ready, go to work, come home and then your real work begins. Kids have their routines too. Get up, eat breakfast, go to school, come home, pester mom and dad, and then play while pulling sisters hair and smacking brother because he took the best toy. I was talking to Tim Lee while he was counting the offering after services with Meagan helping him of course. We were talking about spending time with family and how the kids were helping out since Beth had injured herself. Meagan said she had something very important to do; she had to play! Playing was very important! She knew exactly what she should be doing.
Each day brings its own challenges and opportunities; the routine bills that come and go each month, the routine joys and pains of raising your children, and sometimes the extravagant joys of finding out you are going to have a baby or that your health is perfectly fine. All the routines and even the special occurrences bring a certain amount of regularity to our lives that make us feel comfortable and easy going. However I have to wonder, what would happen if God threw a monkey wrench into our daily routines? He does this from time to time such as running late due to a flat tire or even just having difficulty doing the most mundane things such as getting a glass of water. Maybe he has more of a purpose for your life and mine that living it out in a simple routine performed day in and day out. There are times when we have small windows of opportunity to change something in our own life or in the life of someone else. It may be the opportunity to say a small word of encouragement or even just a 10 dollar bill that may help them make ends meet. Out of the ordinary and regular way we live, an opportunity might present itself where we can choose to obey or disobey God. We can choose to speak about Christ to someone or we can choose to ignore God’s prodding and just keep walking down the street. That one moment could have revolutionized the life of that person. Actually, that one moment could have changed their life and in turn could have changed the lives of many others as he or she acted out of gratefulness to others. Mark 1:40-45 records such an event. Jesus healed many people of many different illnesses and yet for some reason, in the middle of Him healing so many, Mark records the healing and actions of just one single man, a leper. Of all the healings that Jesus had done, why this story? Let’s go through the story and its familiar elements and see if we can discover why God put these fives verses in His Book.
Compassion on the Broken – 40-42
“A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, "If you are willing, you can make me clean." Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.”