Hey it’s my birth month! Yipeeeeee! *now doing the slide dance*
A special happy birthday shout out to all November 3 celebrants, yeah we are special like that.
My mum’s birthday was October 31, some call it Halloween, I just call it a special day for a special woman. This year, I had time to reflect on how important she means to me – I am definitely thankful for all she’s done for me and her being in my life playing the role she is playing. This inspired me to dust my blog (I have to admit, I have been infrequent with my post this year) to write what has been playing in my head for a while.
Luke 17: 11- 19 (MSG):
It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
14–16 Taking a good look at them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”
They went, and while still on their way, became clean. One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan.
17–19 Jesus said, “Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?” Then he said to him, “Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.”
When you read this story, two questions could pop (at last two did for me)
- What was going on in the mind of the thankful leper
- Why didn’t the other nine just think to thank God?
It is easier to think, rather, cast stones on the 9 thank-less lepers. You could be thinking, didn’t it cross their minds that God did this! They can finally show themselves to the priest and regain all that was lost, the least they can do is to thank the one who healed them. We should note that like any other person or any other Christian, they prayed an got answers to their prayer – Our praying however needs to be preened and pursued with an energy that never ends, a persistency which will not be denied and a courage which never fails. (They got this bit right).
We often go through life without having time to reflect on past events; most times we are always focused on the future, we want to have done this and that by this time T, we want to become this person in this certain future. We don’t have time to see the colours in our lives, well; I am charging you to do that today. The tone of the passage didn’t reflect that Jesus was ecstatic that at least one came back, infact it seemed like he was just waiting for THAT practical example to teach us the oh so important lessons on thanksgiving. We go through life and get answers to our prayers, we see a miracle done and we say a nonchalant thank you…nah, that won’t work anymore. The purpose of visiting a priest after a cure (Luke 5:14; Leviticus 13:49; 14:2) was so the cured person could officially resume his place in society. The nine lepers, presumably Jewish, had their minds on the future, on resuming the life they had left behind with the onset of illness. Their minds were full of scenes of reunion with wives, children, with re-entry into market and synagogue. There is no indication that their goals and future actions were anything but respectable and legal. How many times are we guilty of the things mentioned? I need you to drop the *on to the next one* attitude and be that one leper that comes to really thank God…the bible said: “…Shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He couldn’t thank him enough” it takes a reflective heart to do that.
Yes we do thank God, we are grateful, but make sure your thankfulness leads to action and not words of the lips as sometimes we have turned our murmur of thanks giving as routine (check-In and check-out kind of thing)
I decided to act the journey back to the priest scene of the 10 lepers from the thankful one’s point of view in my head and it went thus:
14–16 Taking a good look at them, Jesus said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” They went, and while still on their way, became clean.
The thankful one: *spots and blisters clearing* (He stops in his tracks and thinks out loud) Oh! Wow! See! The spots are clearing! I remember when I was diagnosed with leprosy, all the humiliation I felt when I had to be excommunicated, oh how the Lord has shown me mercy, me a Samaritan, let me thank him, I just can’t contain myself, what if I don’t have the opportunity to see him again…
One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. – make sure your thankfulness leads to action
Did you know that the highest level of faith is thanksgiving? You think not?
Look at all the faith-shaking miracles that Jesus performed: Raising Lazarus from the dead – He thanked God; Making sandwich (bread and fish) to feed 5000 men (not counting children and women) – he gave thanks and there are others as well.
Ramona C Carooll said: Faith is putting all your eggs in God’s basket, then counting your blessings before they hatch –When you pray, rather let your heart be without words than your words be without heart. I totally agree with that.
When you thank God, you move God to break protocols just for you, the one leper came back just to thank God for the healing, he didn’t even know he needed anything further, however he got a surprise package: “Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.”
Romans 10: 9: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
The who came back to thank God, was “made well,” (sozo- “to be healed of spiritual disease and death”) whereas the nine were merely “cleansed” or “healed” (tharizo- “to be made clean or healed of a disease”).
Don’t take God’s blessings for granted, dare to be different and give thanks at all things and in all times, it is the act of worship.