August 9, 2011 Comments Off on Restore Me
40 A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. “If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean,” he said. 41 Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said.“Be healed!” 42 Instantly the leprosy disappeared, and the man was healed. -Mark 1:40-42
Sometimes we lose things in life: our health, sense of direction, purity, purpose, self identity, job, relationship, or many other important things.
Have you ever experienced a time in your life when you felt like you lost something that you could never get back?
For the man in Mark 1:40-42, it was his health. He was a lepper. An incurable disease at the time that their society would make them live on the streets in hopes of not getting everyone else sick. Have you felt like this?
That you have lost something so big that everyone else around you has cast you out? Maybe it was your family, your best friends, or distant relatives because they didn’t want anything to do with you?
Maybe it was your purity. You feel like no other guy or girl will ever want to be with you because you ruined the one thing you were supposed to keep for marriage. You feel like they would never want to date you once they found out your true secret. You feel like “the one” is never going to come because you’ve made a tremendous mistake…
Maybe you’ve lost your self worth or identity. You’ve been living life these past few years and every time you look in the mirror you don’t know who you see anymore. You’re a totally different person and you used to be loved by so many people, but now it feels like you can’t even find someone to be around when Friday night rolls around.
Jesus doesn’t care what you’ve done or what other people thinks about you. Jesus wants to restore what you’ve lost, He wants to forgive you of your past and heal you with one small touch. Because what Jesus can accomplish with the smallest touch, we can never accomplish in ten lifetimes of good deeds.
We waste our time away trying to ask God for forgiveness, burrowing our head in sorrow, shame, and guilt of what we’ve done. But here’s the thing: God has already forgiven you, He is wanting you to esteem the true reality of what He sent His Son to do on the cross for you.