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Without Jesus, We’re All Lepers

Church people should be the most Jesus-honoring people around, shouldn’t we? But it’s impossible to honor Jesus if we focus on religious practices and pat ourselves on the back for our “righteous acts.” That’s when we take the glory from God and rob ourselves of His best for our lives.

Mark 6:5 says Jesus could do no mighty work in His own country and He was amazed at the people’s lack of faith. The same is true today. When we take Christ for granted and place our faith in the wrong things—namely our own abiities—we limit His ability to do mighty works in us.

This happens when we forget who we were (far from God) and who Jesus is (our Savior who bridges the gap). Reading Leviticus 13 you might have wondered why the Old Testament has so many laws for what to do when someone gets a scab. Why should we care? Leprosy is pretty rare these days. But when we recognize leprosy as a depiction of sin, it becomes more relevant. The problem is sometimes we forget that without Jesus, we’re all lepers.

When we understand how fleeting our lives are and how mighty God is, we won’t waste time with stagnant “righteous acts” that could never cleanse us anyway. The good news is that, like the leper in Mark 1:40-42, when we trust solely in Jesus, He heals us immediately. Then we can see Him manifested in our lives with the glory He deserves.

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