"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?”" - Luke 17:15-18
It's January 23 and you're still waiting for thank-you notes from a vast number who were blessed with your Christmas gifts. Oh well, maybe they will arrive next week, after all, you just got a thank-you note yesterday for the wedding gift you gave last May. What's so hard about saying thank you for the many blessings we receive in life? On a scale of one to ten, very few ever get a "ten".
Jesus was disappointed when only one out of ten returned to give praise to God for their healing. Furthermore, the one who returned wasn't even taught in the Scriptures; he was a Samaritan! It doesn't take a wealth of Bible knowledge to know how to say thanks to God for his goodness. As the years have passed, the Church has fine tuned worship and praise services. Certainly more than one out of ten will return to give thanks to God today, but sadly... very few ever get a "ten".
Has God blessed you this week with his goodness? Have you received his provision for your daily needs? Were your prayers answered for healing, for a job or money to pay a bill? Will you be in church Sunday morning with your thank-you note? The question is... will you be number "ten"?