By: Lisa Wilmore
Scripture Reading: And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? They are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole (Luke 17:11-19).
Luke records an awesome Biblical account of one’s gratefulness. After reading this passage of scripture, it is evidenced that “God deserves the praises of his people.” If a Samaritan (KJV); stranger (NIV), glorifies God for what he has done, what about those of us who have a relationship with him? What are your actions when God works out the impossibilities in your life?
In the noted passage of scripture, Jesus heals ten men who are lepers. The significance of this account for me is that the lepers ask what they will and one leper returns to Jesus with a grateful heart. The writer, Luke , employs in the text, “They lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” In essence, they ask Jesus to have pity on them. Then, Jesus sends them to the priest, and while they are walking, they are cleansed. There is only one whose heart is grateful enough to return and thank Jesus. He glorified God, fell on his face, and worshipped him for cleansing him. What a mighty God we serve?
What are your actions when God works out the impossibilities in your life? Do you walk off the scene as the nine or do you worship and thank him with a grateful heart? We must emulate the one leper who returns to Jesus with much appreciation. Jesus notices the nine, who do not return. In like manner, he notices our actions as well.
As a reminder, a grateful heart returns and worships Jesus for working out impossibilities.