"Your salvation, like the 10 menís cured leprosy, was given without condition. But like the returning Samaritan, your faith, by saying thanks, can make you whole. Remember to say thanks to the Lord."
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Volume 70 Number 11
Do you remember to say "thanks" when someone does something really nice for you?
It is a pretty basic concept ó one we try to teach our children. How many times have we instructed and reminded our children to say "thank you" whenever a good deed is done for them? It is a very good habit, not only for our children, but for us.
With the passing of the annual Thanksgiving holiday, we are reminded of this issue. We have a special day set aside for saying our thanks for all our blessings. This year there was a special emphasis on our blessings of freedom and liberty, and a thank you to all the men and women who serve our country and daily put themselves in harmís way to battle terrorism.
Have you ever performed what you felt was a kind act for someone, but yet they failed to say "thank you" to you? My guess is that this has happened to many of you. I know I have felt that way,
If you have ever felt hurt because people did not appear appreciative of a kind act you did for them, then you are not alone. Jesus had the same time of situation. And it provides a good lesson for all of us.
In the 17th chapter of Luke we have such an example. It is the story of the 10 lepers.
Told at Luke 17:10-19, this is an excellent example of a failure to say thanks for a wonderful deed. It should be a great example and instruction to us.
As Jesus was heading toward Jerusalem, he entered a small town in Samaria. On the outskirts of town he met 10 lepers. Leprosy was a dreaded, and many time fatal, disease that most people had for life. Leviticus chapters 13 and 14 detail the problems of leprosy, how it caused one to be outcast, and the great celebration for those who were cured of it.
When Jesus saw the lepers, he told them to go see the priest ( in Leviticus we are told that the initial disease and any cure of leprosy must be verified by a priest).
As the lepers headed off to see a priest, they were healed of the dreaded disease. One of the 10, when he saw his disease had been miraculously cured, he turned around and went back to Jesus. He fell on his face in front of Jesus feet, giving him thanks and glorifying God in a loud voice.
Jesus, noting the one returning leper was a Samaritan, not a Jew, asked where the other nine Jewish were who had also been cured. "Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger."
Looking at the one Samaritan who returned to say "thanks" Jesus said: "thy faith hath made thee whole."
Does this example apply to us? What good deed has been done for us? How about eternal life? Millions of people on earth have done nothing to earn the free gift from the Lord of his sovereign grace. How may have stopped to say thanks to the Lord?
How about you? The Lord has provided you eternal security by his sovereign grace. Have you said "thanks" in the manner you ought for this wonderful gift?
Have you been to church, prayed, and sung praises to the Lord to say thanks for this undeserved gift of eternal life?
Your salvation, like the 10 menís cured leprosy, was given without condition. But like the returning Samaritan, your faith, by saying thanks, can make you whole. Remember to say thanks to the Lord.