Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As He was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 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? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then He said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” -Luke 17:11-19
It’s a familiar story…and a common one in the day. People ask; Jesus heals. Praise Him for being so gracious to us!
But, on this eve of Thanksgiving, I am thinking about the lepers themselves.
One of ten was thankful. That is a dismal return. We look for better batting averages if we are to keep a player on the team.
Why don’t we get thankfulness? Why don’t we look around and see what we have and not what we don’t?
In our sin and sloth, we seek an easy return for our labor. But that pathway was burned to us in the garden. Perhaps we spend the rest of our lives seeking to regain what we as humanity have lost (perfection). That, however is unattainable.
At least here on earth.
The pathway is clear, the invitation has been made. Not for Thanksgiving dinner, or some holiday party, but for eternal life!
We messed up, and continue to do so, but in His graciousness, He continues to offer healing…forever healing…in the person of Jesus Christ.
In that we can ALL glory.
So, this Thanksgiving, I glory first and foremost that He lives and that He loves me…even me. I have many, many other reasons to be thankful, but without the framework of life in Christ, without the healing that He has brought, and continues to bring, to my soul, I can be no better than the nine who walked away.
I pray that as I look at my life and all its bounty, I can beat the odds and show thankfulness for all the gifts God has blessed me with: home, health, family, love, safety, security, joy, peace…and salvation!
I pray you can, too.