“He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?””
Only one of the healed lepers returned to thank Jesus. The others just rushed off to have the priests declare them clean.
They received grace from God, but instead of being grateful to God, they were more interested in receiving approval and praise from men.
What they failed to realize, is the same thing that many of us fail to realize, and it is this: the only thing the Lord asks of us is to show gratitude to Him for what He has done for us.
Admittedly, many of us ‘feel’ grateful, but we never ‘show’ gratitude. The other nine lepers may have felt thankful. But they never showed any gratitude.
What about us? All week God has granted us health, and strength. Yes, we may have had some failures but we’ve definitely had some triumphs. At a minimum, if we are reading this then it means we have, life, sight and literacy.
Have we ever thanked Him for that? If not, lets do a quick turn around, and sacrifice some time just to say thank you to God. And let’s do this before the next person compliments us on how good we look, or how wonderful we sound.
Dear God, thank you for overlooking my ingratitude. Help me to become the kind of person who not only feels appreciative but also shows my appreciation. Amen.