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Stewards: Ten Lepers- good or bad stewards?

By Charlie Osewalt | 23 May 2013 | Comments (1)

Stewards- Lepers

Ten Lepers: Good or Bad Stewards?


Pray, like a leper.

“Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” Luke 17:13

People at extremes pray. These ten Lepers cry to Jesus for “pity”. Their situation: rotting flesh, exiles from home and family, people without people − except those like themselves, diseased – gives birth to a loud collective cry, a cry with very few words.

They do not know what Jesus can do. They cry for pity, food, clothing, water, something. “Have pity” is the Greek verb eleeo. It means to be greatly concerned; to have compassion on someone. They don’t ask for healing, but human empathy, pity.

Jesus hears their collective loud voice as a prayer, not just a cry. He gives them all what they could not expect, hope or dream for: healing, not pity. He rescues them.

The core of these words, as with the Publican’s in Luke 18 or with Bartimaeus’ in Mark 10, teaches us how to pray. Jesus is Master, Lord, the promised Son of David, the king of extremities.

He is the Messiah. We are sinners. We need mercy. We need healing; we require both a rescue and a rescuer.

When I see my extreme need, when I can smell the stink of my own sin, when my many words become a cry, “Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me, a sinner”, then I pray like a leper

And He hears.

What is done next shows whether we are good or bad stewards. To find out what the lepers did, download the PDF here:


Posted by Charlie Osewalt

Charles Osewalt is a husband, father of four children and former elder at Redeemer Church NYC. He has worked in schools for the last twenty years as principal in the Morrisanna section of the Bronx. He formerly worked as a content and curriculum specialist for Stewardship. He tweets at @charlesosewalt



May 27, 2013 7:24 AM
Definitely worth reading. Thanks for reminding us of our desperate need for Jesus rescue - and the right response to it.

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