Chosen to Choose
Luke 5: 12 Once, when he was in one of the cities, there was a man covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground and begged him, "Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean." 13 Then Jesus[c] stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, "I do choose. Be made clean." Immediately the leprosy left him. 14 And he ordered him to tell no one. "Go," he said, "and show yourself to the priest, and, as Moses commanded, make an offering for your cleansing, for a testimony to them." 15 But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. 16 But (Jesus) would withdraw to deserted places and pray.
May the grace, peace and love of Christ live in your heart, mind and soul today.
Life is filled with choices. Would you like fries with that? Basic or premium cable? What movie do you want to see? Will you marry me? To be, or not to be; that is the question. Every moment we face questions to answer and choices to make which determine many of the outcomes of our lives. In fact, I once heard our lives are the sum accumulation of both choices we make and choices others make for us.
How do we choose?
Always remember one thing, no matter our choices; God has already made a choice. The choice God has made is for our well-being and not our demise, our life and not our death, our healing and not continued hurting. Out of unconditional love, God has chosen all people to live as children of God.
God's choice to love and care for us is not predicated on our behavior or beliefs but fixed on God's nature of love and grace. Look at the above story, a man suffering from the hideous and horrible disease of leprosy which led to isolation and condemnation from other people did not feel worthy enough to be healed. Humbly crawling on the ground, the man asked Jesus to heal him. Jesus did not tell him, "Sorry, you are getting what you deserve," but instead declared "I do choose. Be made clean." God's choice, God's desire is to move us from the places of hurt to places of healing in our lives.
The constant question for us, as followers of Jesus, is which way and whose will do we choose to follow? Will we choose the way of people which is fear or the way of God which is love? Will we follow the voice of human leaders which promotes ignorance or God's voice for wisdom and understanding? Will we choose the way constructing barriers and fortifying communal divides based on color, culture, language or ethnicity or will we walk on the path of God which acknowledges our shared humanity and celebrates the sea of human diversity?
Daily we should be reminded that God, through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, has chosen us. What is left to be seen is whether or not we will daily choose God through love, hope, peace and justice.
Love, Pastor G