Just after the Lord led me and my family from America to a foreign land, the Lord spoke to me saying, “You’re not here for your purpose, you’re here for mine. Just as you didn’t create yourself, neither could you deliver yourself. You were delivered for my purpose and not your own.”
As I wrote those words on paper, the message continued. “The evidence of a man’s ungratefulness is his desire to live for himself after he’s been made free. Only one out of the ten lepers went on to fulfill his destiny after being delivered from the destined destruction of his body. The other 90% went on to live for themselves. Only one returned to his Deliverer to live for Him.”
Nine out of ten lepers saw the opportunity to live a life for themselves that they were never able to before. Only one saw the opportunity to live a life for his Maker he was never able to before.
A grateful heart is the demonstration of a person’s humility, the antidote for giving place to the flesh and the pride of life. The pride of life is manifested by the desire to live for ourselves, pleasing ourselves and not our Creator. Humility is manifested by a desire to live for our Maker.
The pride of life was demonstrated by the other nine. They didn’t want to return and stand before their Maker for fear of accountability if they did. Walking the other way was only a short term delay.
All ten lepers knew in their heart that only God Himself could, in one moment of time, reverse the degeneration of their bodies which included missing fingers, toes, ears, and even their nose. Every man knows in his heart that only the Creator can reverse an irreversible disease like leprosy. The evidence of who healed their body was as evident as their new nose on their face.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)
Sadly most dismiss the evidence as inadmissible in their court of law where they stand as judge and jury.
If creation itself is not evidence enough to bring forth a verdict, what about the fact that you’re alive to read this? If only we knew how many times our lives might only be a distant memory for the living if not for the miraculous hand of God.
What if God did perform a big miracle for us. How would it change our lives? Would we return to Him in gratefulness and humility to find out the reason He delivered us from our infirmity and affliction? Would we surrender our heart and lives to Him in demonstration of our brokenness and thanksgiving, realizing we did nothing to deserve such a demonstration of His love, mercy, and grace?
Or would our pride manifest as the seed of change glances off our stony heart and we continue down our self-directed path of self-will, living our lives as we please?
Has God revealed himself to you and made it as evident and the nose on your face? If not, has He given you even the slightest evidence of His reality?
All of us are accountable to Him whether or not He performs a mighty miracle for us as He did for the 10 lepers.
Are we among the 90% or the 10%? The “broad way” is wide enough to handle the traffic of the 90%. The “narrow way” narrow enough to handle the 10%. The pride of the prideful won’t allow them to return to Jesus no matter how great the miracle.
Can you not see the miraculous hand of God on your life? Is there not sufficient evidence for you to return to your Maker? He will give sufficient evidence to any man who truly hungers to know His reality, to know their Maker. That’s why the Maker made us…to know Him and be with Him forever. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. (John 17:3)
1John 4:8 states that God is love. If God is love, what is love without someone to love?
We are that purposed creation; the object and destination of that love. The selfless love that was demonstrated when He offered himself and the only blood that could permanently cover our sin and transform or hearts. It’s the only type of love that so loved it gave. For God so loved…he gave. (John 3:16)
The key that will unlock our hearded hearts and open the valve for His love to begin to fill us, is to come to Him in humility and brokenness. Jesus said in John 6:37, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (I Peter 5:6)
He wants to heal and restore each one of us. He wants to deliver us and set us free. James 4:8 says, Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.
He’s waiting on you. What are you waiting for?