A story is told of a man with leprosy who came to Jesus, stooped to his knees, and begged Jesus, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus was deeply moved. He saw the results of sin on this man, so Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. Jesus then said, “I am willing. Be clean!” (Mark 1:40-41)
Just by virtue of the fact that the man asked if Jesus was willing indicates that the man was already willing to be healed. The man was willing. Jesus was willing. So the man was healed on Jesus’ command: “Be clean!”
But what does it mean to be willing? Let’s look at Isaiah 30:15 to see if we can find the answer: “For thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said, “In repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength.” But you were not willing.”
Could being willing mean repentance? rest? quietness? trust? Are you willing? Willing to repent? Willing to rest? Willing to be quieted? Willing to trust?
Jesus is willing to heal us, but this story tells us that He needs us to be willing, too! It takes trust to come to Someone with that kind of request.
As I was thinking about the words of Jesus I had to ask myself what would happen in my life, in my work, in my relationships if I was willing to be healed by Jesus. What kind of impact would I have on the people in my life if I was willing to be quiet, to trust, to find rest in Jesus? It would take me acknowledging Jesus as that source of healing, rest, and quietness.
The question to me is this: Do I want to be healed? The question to you is the same: Do you want to be healed? Do we really want to be healed of our hurt, pain, or baggage? Sometimes, if we are honest, we don’t. There’s actually something in it for us if we remain in our hurt, pain, or baggage. So let’s be honest.
For me, I don’t want to live one more day without Jesus’ healing. Why would we if we could be rid of it right now?
Are you willing?
“I am willing. Be clean!”