Remember the Luke 17 story of Jesus healing the ten lepers and how only one of them returned to tell Jesus thanks? “How awful” we say. “Only one in ten was thankful.”
Not for one minute do I believe that only one was thankful! Beyond a shadow of a doubt I know that all ten of those lepers were grateful! Every one of them. How could they not be thankful for being healed from one of the worst diseases known in the ancient world? How could they not be thankful that now they could be reunited with their families rather than being separated for life in a leper colony? How could they not be thankful that Jesus delivered them from a slow, painful, agonizing death that was certain for every leper?
Now think about this. Jesus did say that the others were not thankful but that He was surprised that only one returned to express his gratitude:
Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”
When I think about this story I focus on the “return” aspect. Jesus was amazed that that people who had so much to thank Him for would not return and personally express their gratitude.
In the next few days, as reflect on how God has used others to bless us, how about going a step further and writing an email or picking up the phone to tell that special friend how thankful you are for what they have meant to you. Try it – go beyond a grateful attitude to a grateful action.Go beyond a grateful attitude to a grateful action. Click To Tweet
Luke 17:11-19 (NIV)
11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.
12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance
13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.
16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him–and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?
18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”
19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”