Matthew 8:2: And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 3: And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4: And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
Under the covenant, a leper was required to be declared clean by the priest. Also, he was required to stay away from other human contact. Jesus supported the law. Even knowing the man was no longer a leper, Jesus asked him to handle it according to the custom of the people. He was not interested in putting fear in people or disturbing the custom without need. He is considerate of others, their customs, and the law of the land.
ACT! How can you honor a custom of someone you know? Is there a custom in your workplace that you have been violating? Think about it.
PRAY! Father, give me the sensitivity of Jesus to customs. In my limited life, I only see through my filters. Help me to see what is important to others. Help me to build their comfort so that they might receive the rich treasure of Jesus in me.