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Belong > Acceptance

Jesus doesn’t see those people, just people.

Luke 17:11-19 On the outskirts of a border town along this road, He was greeted from a distance by a group of ten people who were under quaran-tine because of an ugly and disgusting skin disease known as leprosy. Lepers (shouting across the distance): Jesus, Master, show mercy to us! Jesus: Go now and present yourselves to the priests for inspection of your disease. They went, and before they reached the priests, their skin disease was healed, leaving no trace of the disease that scarred them and sepa-rated them from the community. One of them, the instant he realized he had been healed, turned and ran back to Jesus, shouting praises to God.

He prostrated himself facedown at Jesus’ feet.

Leper: Thank You! Thank You!

Now this fellow happened to be, not a Jew, but a Samaritan. Jesus: Didn’t all ten receive the same healing this fellow did? Where are the other nine? Was the only one who came back to give God praise an outsider? (to the Samaritan man) Get up, and go your way. Your faith has made you healthy again.

Jesus’ message to the leper: 

You don’t have to be healed to belong here.

Jesus’ message to us: 

Society says you have to earn acceptance, but I offer a place to belong.

When we label others we limit love.

Ephesians 3:16-19 Father, out of Your honorable and glorious riches, strengthen Your people. Fill their souls with the power of Your Spirit so that through faith the Anointed One will reside in their hearts. May love be the rich soil where their lives take root. May it be the bedrock where their lives are founded so that together with all of Your people they will have the power to understand that the love of the Anointed is infinitely long, wide, high, and deep, surpassing everything anyone previously experienced.

God, may Your fullness flood through their entire beings.