“one of them”

Outcasts from society not because of their financial status, race, or actions but because their skin diseases marred their bodies, they were forced by societies rules to live apart from their families and home. If ever they were near other people they were to call out ‘unclean’ so that no one got too close. As Jesus passed by, they stood at a distance and cried out for him to show them pity. Jesus didn’t lay hands on them or pray over them but instead told them to go show themselves to the priests. As they obeyed and traveled along the road, their skin began changing until they were totally healed.

“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.” Luke 17: 15-16

I love this guy! In my mind, when I picture him turning back to go see Jesus, I see him running and shouting for his enthusiasm and energy nearly jump off the pages of scripture. Jesus made a huge difference in his life and he was not only thankful but willing to praise God before other people!

Where, one might ask, were the other nine? Good question. They were never heard from again. Were they glad to be rid of their dreaded leprosy? I suppose so but one would never know it from their silence.

I’ve been blessed beyond measure. I’ve seen God touch my family in many ways through the years. Every good thing in my life, every blessing I’ve received, and everything I’ve done well stand as a testimony to God at work in my life.

The question then is this: will I go on with my life silently taking care of business OR will I turn it back to Jesus this morning with exuberant praise? Will I bow at his feet and thank him? With my voice, will I loudly praise his name? Will my actions direct the attention of others to Him?

Am I going to be like the other nine or will I be like ‘one of them’?one1

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