There is a story in Luke 17:11-19 that has teaching elements in it that apply in every generation and every people group. Jesus is on His way to Jerusalem and passes through Samaria and Galilee. In a certain village He is met by ten lepers who cry to Him for mercy. Whether they were Samaritans or Galileans we are not told, except that one is called a “foreigner and Samaritan” by Jesus. Their request for “mercy” was something that no one else could give them except Jesus, and that was healing from a dreaded disease.
“Mercy” is given to someone who is unable to provide the giver any reason for giving it. It is strictly from the character, goodness, and desire of the giver to benefit the one who receives it, irrespective of the standing of the person receiving it.
What would be your response to someone who totally changed your life? Or should I say, saved your life from a terminal disease for which there is no cure?
In this case, their healing began with obedience. “When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed.” (17:14). I could go into more detail on why obedience was so important as it relates to faith, but let me get to my point. “Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan.” (17:15–16). Jesus immediately questions him on his return about the other nine who were also healed. Why didn’t they return also and give thanks to the Giver of such an amazing gift.
Whether it is Thanksgiving or Christmas, there is a lot of receiving done by most of us. The point and question I have, is whether we place more emphasis on the gift or the Giver? The difference tells others WHO YOU VALUE, not what. HOW you thank them also says what value you place in them. Is your life a continual act of humble “falling on [your] face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks”?
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