Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?” Luke 17:17
Suffering from leprosy, the ten men cried for mercy from a distance. Although Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem, he noticed these people in need. Asking no questions, he said simply, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” According to custom, the priests would determine if they were healed. The ten men obeyed, and along the way they noticed they were healed. It was obvious. Can you imagine their excitement? What would have been lifelong banishment was over! They were cleansed, and now they could be part of the community again. They could go home!
Our lesson comes from the example of “the foreigner.” He saw his healing and hurried back, praising God with excitement, not caring what anyone thought. He was loud. He was ecstatic. After all, he was healed! Throwing himself at Jesus’ feet, the Samaritan did what we expected from all ten who had been healed. He took the time to thank his healer. In your journey to recovery to restoration, make some stops to give God thanks.
Yet where were the other nine? Jesus’ question prompts us all to think about our thankfulness. The thankful Samaritan was healed physically and spiritually, as Jesus pointed out: “Your faith has made you whole. It is not just enough to be healed and walked away. We have to thank God for what he has done and in the process he will establish our wholeness.”
I Declare: Lord today I publicly declare my gratitude to you as a beneficiary of your grace and mercy. Thank you to touching me in places others avoided. I will always be the one to return and give you glory.
Ignite Thought: Those who return to give God thanks for healing always fine wholeness waiting for them at the door!