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Relevance Please

Mark 1:40,41 Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. (NKJV)It didn’t matter which way I cut it – I knew I was that leper. My sin was a stench in the nostrils of God, just like the open sores and the filth of that leper.

Today I want to take a moment to share a story with you that was the turning point of my life. Nothing has ever been the same since I read this one, short, powerful story. I wonder … how will it impact you?

We get bombarded with so many marketing messages and e-mails these days that we have to filter them brutally, or else we’ll drown.

And the issue is relevance, right? If they matter to us, we’ll take a look. If not, DELETE.

For many years, Jesus just never seemed all that relevant to my life. Until I read this …

Mark 1:40-42 Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. (NKJV)

It didn’t matter which way I cut it – I knew I was that leper. My sin was a stench in the nostrils of God, just like the open sores and the filth of that leper.

I stayed away from God for years, decades in fact, not because I didn’t believe but because I did believe. And I knew that I would never be good enough, I would never be acceptable, I would never be clean enough to stump up to God and say, “Here I am.”

But that leper knew something that I didn’t. He was bold enough to go and ask, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.

Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”

That’s God’s grace, available to each one of us through Jesus. And …

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.