And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Matthew 8:2-3
You believe that God can. But do you believe that He is willing?
The leper who came to Jesus for healing said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” The leper did not doubt Jesus’ ability to heal him, but he was unsure if Jesus was willing to heal him. In other words, he believed in God’s omnipotence, but was not sure if God’s heart was one of love and unmerited favor toward him.
My friend, don’t be like that leper who completely misread Jesus! Matthew 8:3 records that “Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.’” Jesus was most willing. In fact, can you see how personal Jesus’ ministry is? Jesus stretched out His hand and touched the leper tenderly. I believe that Jesus did this to heal him not just of his leprosy, but also of the emotional scars that he had received from years of rejection.
Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Whatever the breakthrough you are believing Him for, He says to you, “I AM WILLING.” Don’t doubt His heart of love for you any longer. Stop being occupied by your own disqualifications and be completely absorbed in His love and grace toward you!