Food for Friday

And behold there came a leper and worshipped Him, saying, Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth His hand and touched Him, saying, I will, be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Matthew 8:2,3

Why was this leper’s plea for healing described as worship? It is certainly not what we usually think of as worship. The term usually brings before us our gathering on Lord’s Day morning for our weekly Remembrance meeting. There are some groups that have rather far-fetched ideas of what worship is. For some, worship is listening to a special group present a ‘worship’ song, for others, it is a spontaneous outburst of emotion during a church service, for some it is the enjoyment of the works of creation. But this was a sickly outcast pleading to be healed. What was there of worship in his words?

Two things: he recognized Jesus as Lord, and he submitted himself to Jesus’ will. This poor leper brings before us two essential ingredients for worship. We should keep these in mind when we consider worship.

It is true that our Remembrance meetings are an acknowledgment of Jesus’ lordship. We acknowledge and rejoice in His power that has saved us and in His presence. Our thoughts are focused on Him and we are filled with awe at our contemplation of Who He is and what He has accomplished.

Just as this leper was in full submission to the will of the Lord, so too must we be. The leper acknowledged Jesus’ power and ability. Much as he longed to know of that power in his experience, he also acknowledged that whether he was healed or not depended on whether it was the Lord’s will. How submissive are we to the Lord’s will? Is the bent of our life pursuit with self in mind? Or are the things of Christ of more importance than our own welfare, possessions, and promotion? Just as Jesus desired to bless and heal the leper, so too He today desires to bless and heal us. But we must surrender to His will and acknowledge His supremacy.

Do we have these credentials for worship? Is He truly our Lord? And are we totally submitted to His will? – Jim MacIntosh

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