Don’t Be One of the Nine or How I Learned How to be Thankful from an Ex-leper
In the gospel of Luke we read of the lepers that the Lord Jesus had healed. “…one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan.” (Luke 17:15-16)
Jesus was on his way between Samaria and Galilee and upon entering a village ten lepers shouted from a distance, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” They were suffering from a horrendous life not only of extreme physical distress, but also one of severe social curse. Our Lord saw them and healed them, yet none but one would show thankfulness. One out of ten came back to give Him glory and adoration for what He had done. Isn’t this a lot like we ourselves are guilty of?
We have suffered a far worse life than that leprosy. We who have been justified once suffered the alienation of our souls. Once we used to be blind and aimlessly wandering; rejecting the very light that alone can save and now we shall never die nor see the wrath of God ever.
We, who have been cleansed by the blood of the Lamb, were once enemies of the Most High hell-set on destruction.
We, who so clearly hated the only One worth loving, have been given radically new affections purposed before time to stretch out into eternity.
We, who once slavishly served self, have been reborn into the enlistment that seeks to obey a new Commander-the author and finisher of our faith.
We, who are now counted righteous, have inherited the ultimate kingdom beyond comprehension and yet we find ourselves, at times, acting like an ungrateful Oompa Loompa who thinks that screwing on toothpaste caps beats a river of unending chocolate.
Look at what happened in that village. Only one came back. And he was a foreigner at that, one who was furthest from the oracles of God. On this day of thanksgiving I pray that we will remember to give glory where glory is due and learn the lesson of gratitude and proper humility from an ex-leper.
“Stand up and go; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17:19)