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Are You Willing?

As part of the Law of Moses, anyone having an incurable, infectious skin disease was deemed “unclean” by the Priest. Banished as an outcast, never again to be a part of society, they were required to wear a cloth over their nose and mouth. When anyone was passing nearby, they were to cry out, “Unclean! Unclean!” (Leviticus 13:45-46). In Mark 1, there is a story of such an individual who wants to be clean. He wants to “belong” again, to come out from behind his veil. He is tired of doing life alone. He begs of Jesus, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”

Jesus is always willing. He is willing to forgive, to heal, to turn the other cheek and to save. We all have areas of our lives that we have accepted as incurable. Some deal with addictions and stress, some with unforgiveness and anger, others with depression and loneliness . And daily, even while associating with hundreds of people, our hearts cry out from behind our veils, “Look out! I have parts of my life that are unclean! I can’t make a difference; I have no choice but to do this alone!” Please hear this: You matter to Jesus, and He is willing to make you clean. You can make a difference. By accepting His freedom, you can begin to help others who are stuck in doing life alone. Are you willing to fall at His feet in worship and in faith? He is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow. He is willing.


  • Is there something in your past or present life that makes you feel like an outcast? Go to Jesus, and hand it over to Him.
  • Approach Jesus today with what gives you a heavy heart.
  • Be willing to help others with their struggle in doing life alone.

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