Today's Readings: OT - 2 Kings 10:1-17 / NT - Luke 17
"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, but sadly... very few ever get a "ten".
Did God blessed you last week with his goodness? Did you receive his provision for your daily needs? Were your prayers answered for healing, for a job or money to pay a bill? Were you in church yesterday with your thank-you note? The question is... were you number "ten" ... and will you be every Sunday?
Tomorrow's Readings: OT - 2 Kings 10:18-36 / NT - Luke 18