Daily Devotion, 01/20/18, “A Ten Percent Chance of Thanks”
“As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, crying out, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’ He looked at them and said, ‘Go show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, ‘Praise God!’ He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, ‘Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine?’” Luke 17:12-17 NLT
I was blessed yesterday to receive a Thank You card in the mail from a young couple from out of state who worshiped with us a few weeks back. They were graciously complimentary of the worship experience, how welcome they felt and the conversation they had with Sharon and me after the service. Receiving a Thank You note from first time guests, that was a first for me. Maybe it’s because we all are so busy these days or maybe we’re just too self-absorbed to bless others with a simple “Thank You,” but feeling and then expressing gratitude is something only a few do consistently and do well.
In our passage today, Jesus, who knows the hearts of men better than anyone, is astounded by the lack of gratitude. He healed ten but only one came back to say, “Thank you.” Nine others just walked off. Maybe they were so overwhelmed by what He did that they were in shock but think about it, they had leprosy! That meant they were ostracized by the community and left to die on their own. They couldn’t be with their families or friends. They couldn’t enjoy any of the feasts or festivals. They weren’t just sick people, they were outcasts. Jesus not only healed their disease, He gave them back their lives! Amazingly, only one came back to give thanks. His sincere gratitude was sacred and precious to Jesus because it was so rare.
May you count your blessings and give thanks to the “Giver of all good things.” May you have an attitude of gratitude that blesses everyone who helps you in any way. Make some cookies for those girls in the pharmacy like my wife does from time to time. Take a moment to write that card or at least send that text. Take that person who has poured into you out to lunch, look them in the eyes and say, “I don’t want anything from you today, I just want you to know how thankful I am for you.” Be part of the blessed ten percent who know how to bless others with gratefulness. You are loved!