Luke 17:11-14 narrates the healing of the ten lepers. In this narrative, Jesus heals the lepers by a mere instruction, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” As the Law of Moses dictates, a leper cannot approach the priest until he is healed of leprosy. (Leviticus 13:2-3; 45-46). The role of a priest was to examine the leper for healing, thus, Jesus’ order to show themselves to the priests suggests that by His word, healing had occurred. The manifestation of the healing, however, rests in the obedience of the lepers. It is one thing to hear and another thing to obey. At His Word, healing occurred; their obedience to the instruction activated the healing in the physical.
Merely receiving the word whether through scripture or prophecy is not enough to possess what has been promised. Like the lepers, we may receive prophetic words concerning our lives, but failing to heed the word will inhibit the manifestation of the word. Sitting idly and refusing to go will not bring about a miracle. To see something different in your life, you must do something different. Don’t sit, go!
Going is a demonstration of your faith. Going may mean taking actions that appear foolish in the sight of others. In the state of destitution, the prophet’s widow received instructions to “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels…” (2 Kings 4:1-7) From the perspective of her neighbors, perhaps her actions seemed illogical and senseless; however, her obedience to the prophet’s word, coupled by her decision to act brought her miracle into manifestation.
To attain your promise, you must go! Know that where you go matters. In 2 Kings 5, Naaman, also riddled with leprosy was instructed to go! “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.” (2 Kings 5:10) Naaman went, but in the wrong direction. Like Naaman, we may receive instructions, but because what was ordered is contradictory to our ways or seems difficult, we attempt to chart our own path. Do no create your path, rather go and do as you have been instructed.
Do not let doubt and fear keep you from going. Like the four lepers in Samaria who refused to sit idly until death, get up and go! (2 Kings 7). As you go, God will go. Inactivity can hinder the work of God in your life. As the lepers marched into the camp of the Syrians, “…the LORD had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host…” The actions of the Samarian lepers served as a conduit for God to act on their behalf. God wants to work with you to bring about your miracles! Guard against inactivity, go!
Don’t stand still, don’t murmur and cry. Just as Moses had his staff and therefore worked miracles, God has given you what you need to succeed. (Exodus 14:13-16) There is a time to pray and there is a time to act. You have prayed, now go! As you go, continue praying.
Are you sitting when you should stand? Are you standing when you should go? God can do exceedingly, abundantly above what we ask or think. To enjoy the exceeding abundance, you must be willing to obey and move! Don’t hoard prophecies; don’t merely read the Bible and fail to act on what it says. Don’t let fear, doubt and lack of trust keep you stagnant.