Luke and The Lost
How grateful to God are we, church? He created everything. He is in all and above all. He protects us. He provides for our needs. He transforms us and give us a new life in Him. He showers us with blessings every day…if we really notice the details of how God works. Yes, He is God and we are not. With this knowledge, do we LIVE gratefully? How does the world see us? Do they see us as whiners about every detail that is challenging or as those who have a praise and thanks for all provisions, large or small?
Jesus gives us another great story about gratitude. What really catches our eyes and thinking this morning is what Jesus throws in at the end of his words about the gratefully healed leper, “AND he was a Samaritan”. Ten were healed but only the one, who was not one of “God’s chosen” children of the Jews, an outsider who knew little about God but had heard of Jesus came back and was eternally grateful AND praised Jesus by kneeling at his feet! THAT, my church friends is sincere gratitude.
How are we doing, church? Are we living gratefully, kneeling before Jesus and thanking Him with all that is in us each day for all He has provided and taught us? Do others know Jesus because of our grateful living? Do others know WE know Jesus because of our attitude of gratitude? He saved us! That alone is worthy of all our praise. Yes, self evaluation is in order.
Luke 17, The Message
11-13 It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
14-16 Taking a good look at them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”
They went, and while still on their way, became clean. One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan.
17-19 Jesus said, “Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?” Then he said to him, “Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.”
Think about it…
–Jesus is “on the border” between Samaria (the despised people of the Jews who wanted no part of them and thought they were heathens and unclean in all ways) and Galilee (the “better”, more accepatable side of town.)
–When leprosy hits a family, Jew or Samaritan, the afflicted person is sent away to live outside the clan so as not to inflict someone else.
–Leprosy (or any sickness) is an equalizer.
–ALL call out to Jesus whom they have heard heals every disease and affliction.
–100% mercy; 10% gratitude.
–ONE, a Samaritan, come back to thank Jesus, giving glory to God. Only one out of ten.
–Are we THE ONE who will continually come back from blessings and provisions to give God glory and praise at the feet of our Lord? I pray so.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you, thank you, thank you for transforming our thinking, for providing for our needs, for blessing us beyond our wildest dreams, for protecting us from the enemy, for defeating death and rising again so that we might come to you freely. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
In Jesus Name, Amen