Saturday, October 3

Be the one who returned

Scripture: Esther 1-2, Psalm 150, Luke 17

Luke 17:15–18 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. 

17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”

Observation

Ten lepers called to Jesus, “Have mercy on us.”  Jesus told them to show themselves to the priests (similar to telling someone today to get checked by a doctor).  As they went, they were healed.  Only one of them, a Samaritan, turned back to say thanks.  Jesus asks, “Where are the other nine?”  It’s a plaintive question that God must ask often.  He does so much for us that goes unnoticed and unappreciated.

Application

I wrote earlier in the week about starting a gratitude journal—taking a few moments each day to reflect upon God’s goodness and say thanks.  The friend who recommended this to me said it has been very impactful for him.  I’m going to ask Laina to join me for a few minutes before bed each evening, and together we’ll remember and give thanks.

Prayer: Lord, I owe you everything!  Help me build gratitude into my daily life!