In his speech at The Gospel Coalition’s 2019 National Conference, rapper and author Trip Lee challenged the audience that healing is not something Christians “name and claim” from the Lord. Rather, it is something we request out of humility, recognizing the character of the one we are approaching. Lee’s message was even more powerful given the fact that he has suffered from a chronic illness for the past 12 years.
“The kind of faith that the Bible’s talking about is very different than what we do…where sometimes we will just come up with something and say, ‘I have faith that God is going to do that.” But “giving God an assignment and holding Him to it” is not true faith, says Lee. Rather, “faith is believing that God is who He said He is and will do what He said he will do. And if we are clearer that that’s what faith is…then we will be clear what it means to try to persevere in that faith and hold on to that faith.”
Learning from the Leper and the Centurion
The scripture passage that Lee chose as the basis for his talk was Matthew 8:1-13, which describes Jesus healing a leper, as well as the servant of a centurion. Lee emphasized the importance not only of approaching the right person with our brokenness but also of approaching Him in the right way. Both the leper and the centurion had confidence that Jesus had the power to help them, and they had deep humility in how they made their requests. The leper, for example, knelt before Jesus. Lee points out that when the leper said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean,” he used the phrase, “if you are willing.” This makes it clear that the leper is not demanding to be healed. The leper also says “you can.” He does not question Jesus’ ability, but His willingness.
“Real faith isn’t demanding,” says Lee. “He doesn’t say, you’re Jesus, you gotta do this. He doesn’t say, you healed other people, now it’s my turn.”
The centurion also exhibits great faith and humility when he asks Jesus to heal his servant. The centurion says to Him, “Lord, my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” When Jesus offers to come to his home to heal the servant, the centurion says he is unworthy for Jesus even to come under his roof, but that he knows Jesus can heal the servant just by speaking. Again, Lee points out that the centurion has remarkable faith (which amazes even Jesus) and humility. This humility, says Lee, is similar to when Isaiah stands in the presence of God and says, “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips,” or when John the Baptist says he is not worthy to untie Jesus’ sandals. This, says Lee, is how we ought to approach God with our requests.
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Source: Church Leaders