“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? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’ Then he said to him, ‘Rise and go; your faith has made you well’” (Luke 17:12-19, NIV).
In this passage we see that Jesus healed all ten lepers from their physical disease, but only one was healed from his spiritual sickness and death. The other nine failed to return and give praise and thanksgiving for their healing. Their selfishness and lack of spiritual maturity caused them to miss the gift of faith. While their bodies were healed, their souls remained sick and lost. The one leper who returned and fell at Jesus’ feet to give Him praise received a greater gift—salvation and the gift of faith. The more I grow spiritually, the more I become dismayed at man’s selfishness, especially in the body of Christ.
Why is it that only 20% of Christians trust God enough to cheerfully tithe? Why is it that many Christians come to church every Sunday but remain “pew sitters” for years without ever stepping up to serve in any of the ministries or departments? Why is it so many volunteers or stewards only want to serve when it is convenient or insist on doing what they want to do instead of filling a need? Mighty Man of God, are you pursuing God with joy and a thankful heart? Do you serve Him faithfully with your time and your money? I encourage you to ask God to speak to you today and reveal any area of selfishness and brokenness that you are holding onto and surrender it to Him. Kneel before Him and give Him praise and thanksgiving. Listen for His voice as He speaks to you, ‘Rise and go; your faith has made you well.’
Lord, thank you this lesson on praise and thanksgiving. Father, remove all selfishness from me and give me a pure and clean heart. Help me to remember each day that all I have comes from you. You are the cure for every area of sickness and brokenness in my life. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.