A Thankful Minority

“Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”  When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”  Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”  Luke 17:11-19

If you think about it, you’ll thank about it.

Leprosy is a disease we don’t hear much about today so it is easy for us to just brush by this passage casually. Leprosy was the worst possible disease of Bible times.  It was thought so contagious and damaging that those who got the disease were immediately sent out of the town and could only enter if kept at huge distances from people. Lepers were for sure not to be touched.  Leprosy is still in the world today in about 100 countries.  Organizations are set up to help these countries to overcome this still dangerous disease:  http://www.leprosy.org/learn-about-leprosy

In today’s comparison, I remember in the 1990’s when the AIDS epidemic first got national headlines.  People were completely scared of contracting this deadly disease and were completely terrified of even coming near anyone with AIDS for fear of contracting it by proximity.

If 10 Aids victims, today, were healed by Jesus, how many of them would go back to thank Him?  The answer is probably ONE.

Survey said, 10% stopped to thank.  90% went on about their lives, forgetting why they were healed and who healed them.  Why?  Were they too busy all of a sudden?  Were they blinded by their healing?  Did they even care who healed them, just as long as they were healed?  Were they claiming the healing as their own efforts?

Would you be the minority 10%?

Father God, Help us to be the minority and be so grateful and thankful that we cannot help but come back to You, our source, and our life.  Forgive us for the times when we were the 90%.  Help us to be different and stand apart from the crowd.  You are our loving father.  What joy we find in this.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

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