Ball’s in Our Court
Mark 1:41-42 NLT
Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” Instantly the leprosy disappeared, and the man was healed.
This passage is an exchange between a poor, sickly outcast who comes to Jesus for a miracle. He’s heard about Jesus and is hopeful, but at the same time he’s also used to rejection because of his circumstances. So he asks Jesus if he’s be willing to heal him. No surprise; Jesus is willing, and Jesus does.
Jesus is the one who is willing. Always. In fact, he gives us this amazing promise: You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it! (John 14:13-14 NLT)
We have it backwards. Jesus is willing to make us well. Are we willing to let him?
God declared his willingness long ago... If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14 NLT)
Of course Jesus was willing to heal that poor leper; God has been inviting mankind into fellowship since the beginning. The ball is in our court. We don’t need to ask him if he’s willing to take us, for this has been made clear. Our position is to take him up on his amazing and gracious offer!
Romans 10:9-13 NLT
If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Thank you for being willing to not only save me through your Son, Jesus, but also to keep taking my hot mess self in. Thank you for your Holy Spirit who keeps working in me to follow you and please you. I’m so thankful that I’m in with you with no rejection by you. How freeing and peaceful this news is to reflect on for me this morning. I have and I will experience rejection but not ever from you – the only place that it really matters anyway! Thank you! I love you and praise you and pray in Jesus’ name, amen.