11 While He was on the way to Jerusalem, He was passing between Samaria and Galilee.
12 As He entered a village, ten leprous men who stood at a distance met Him;
13 and they raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
14 When He saw them, He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they were going, they were cleansed.
15 Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice,
16 and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan.
17 Then Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine—where are they?
18 Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?”
19 And He said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has made you well.”
Have you ever heard someone speak on having an “Attitude of Gratitude”?
It is the title of many Bible stories and sermons, and it is the center of the Scripture passage for today. We can all learn a valuable lesson concerning gratitude from this illustration about the one grateful leper.
Two responses to Jesus—one proper and one improper—are demonstrated for us in this story. Jesus looked at the lepers, saw their need, answered their plea, and miraculously healed them. He took pity on them and showed them a kindness they could never earn. Yet after this miraculous, life-changing act, nine of out ten didn’t return to acknowledge Jesus. How astonishing! How could they not thank Him after such a remarkable encounter?
Before we write off the other nine lepers, we should inspect our own heart. We are all ungrateful sinners saved by grace. We all have failed to honor God at times. We all fall short of living with a constant awareness of God’s presence and goodness. When is the last time you have thanked Jesus? How often do you stop to appreciate His blessings? Do you acknowledge the daily provisions, protection, and general wellbeing that God provides?
After all, every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father (James 1:17). Don’t neglect His goodness!
- Examine your attitude the past few weeks. Are you more like the nine preoccupied lepers or the one who remembered to show a heart of gratitude toward Jesus?
- How do you respond to God’s blessings?
- Ask God for forgiveness for all the times you have taken Him for granted. Spend some time thanking Him today for all He’s done for you.