Most of us have heard the story of the ten lepers that Jesus healed. Ten were physically healed, but only one returned to thank the Healer. Let’s take a look at the story in Luke 17:
“As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
The word that these men used to address Jesus— “Master” —is only used in Luke’s gospel. It was typically used for a commander, to emphasize the authority of the addressed person. The key to this miracle was that all ten men came completely under Jesus’s authority. You see, Jesus is only responsible for the parts of your life that you submit to Him. Only the parts of our lives that are under the umbrella of God’s covering are guaranteed not to get wet. But many of us live lives half-in and half-out; and then we’re surprised by the fact that the devil has taken hold. These men saw Jesus and asked for cover.
Many of us are saved, and that’s a wonderful thing. But in this life, we also have to proclaim Him as our Lord. These lepers immediately submitted to His authority. Whenever I’m overwhelmed, and it feels like I’m being assaulted by the adversary, the first thing I do is submit. I pray, “Lord, is there any area of my life in which I haven’t come under your authority? Show me.” This doesn’t mean that every problem in your life is because you’re doing something wrong; but sometimes our struggles can make us aware of our own failure to submit.
Real submission doesn’t come into play until you disagree. We can walk together in a certain direction; but when I say I want to go to 4th Street and you want to go to 7th Street, at that point, we’ve got to decide which one of us is leading. A lot of us can walk with Jesus for a minute, in the same direction. But when He starts getting specific…that’s when submission really comes into play.
Ten lepers were healed, but only one was truly made well. So here’s the question for you today: what areas of your life aren’t completely submitted to the authority of Jesus? Ask for His help in releasing these areas, and trusting Him completely, with your thoughts, words, actions, and life.
Dr. Derek Grier