Luke 17:11-19, “Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.  Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off.  And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”  So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.  And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.  So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?  Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”  And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

When Jesus works a miracle in your life, how do you react?  How do you treat God?  How you treat God is important.  When blessings come, what will you do?  Will you be thankful or will you just expect them to come because of who you are?

In the life of these 10 lepers, Jesus healed them of their leprosy.  He made them completely clean.  Jesus did not have to do this.  He was not forced.  These men were not overly special.  They were 10 regular, ordinary men.  They were in pain from their illness and cried out because they knew who Jesus was.  They knew He could heal them.

One man did something that the other nine did not.  He went back.  He went back to Jesus to thank Him.  Not only that but this man was a Samaritan.  That had a lot of meaning back then.  Jewish people and Samaritan people did not get along.  It was like a modern day Hatfields and McCoys.  Like cat and mouse.  Dog and cat.  They did not get along.  The Jews would not help the Samaritans and the Samaritans would not help the Jews.  Yet, this Samaritan came back to Jesus, who was born in the human form of Jewish descent.

Jesus knew the hearts of the other nine but still asked where they were.  Only the one man came back to thank the Son of God.  Jesus sent the one man on his way and told him that his faith made him well.  The other nine took their healing as if they deserved it.  No thanks given.  No acknowledgement of what was done.  Expected as if owed.

We are not owed anything from God.  Due to our sinful states, we deserve nothing.  We deserve punishment.  We deserve separation from God.  We deserve the pain and suffering that we get.  Yet, we serve a God that takes us for who we are and saves us.  He made a way for us to escape the pain and suffering forever.  Escape the punishment forever.  For that, we should give thanks.  For that, we should return to the Master and tell Him how much we care.  Tell Him that though we do not deserve it, we love Him and need Him.

Our reaction should be like the one man.  We should be overjoyed that we are saved from our sin.  We should do more with our lives after salvation.  We, of all people, should be most glad.  God did not have to save us.  Yet, He did.  He healed us and made us whole again.  Let us run to the Father and thank Him.  Praise Him.  Dance for Him.  Be overjoyed for Him.  When blessings come, we should not expect more.  We should be happy with what we get.  If more come, great.  If not, that is great too.  Blessings from God are gifts, not requirements.  No one is more special than another.  Let us be open to all that God gives.  After healing, praise God more and thank Him for all that He is.

Heavenly Father,

You are good.  You are love.  We don’t deserve all that You are and yet, You continue to bless us.  You give us life when we deserve death.  You give us joy when we deserve sadness.  You give us salvation when we deserve punishment.  Let us always be thankful for the God we serve.  If we do not know You enough, I pray that we know You more.  I pray that we thank You more.  I pray that we never take for granted all that You are and do.  You deserve all the praise and thanks for all that You do daily.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

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