Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 30, 2012

Only One

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:06 am
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Luke 17:17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Take some time to read the verses before this one. There were 10 lepers who asked Jesus to heal them. All were told to go to the priest and confirm their healing. All were healed but only one, a foreigner, returned to Jesus to thank Him. We experience this ourselves often. We do things for others but they don’t think about thanking us. Being thanked is not or should not be the reason we do things for others. Jesus didn’t heal them for them to thank Him but He did comment on the lack of thanks from nine of the ten. Why is it we should give thanks? It is to confirm we have received what another has done. The one who came back to Jesus to thank Him was confirming he received what Jesus had given. We are not told whether the other nine kept their healing but we are told the one who returned kept his. When we are given something we claim ownership through our thanks. Our question is do we give thanks to God throughout the day for all He does for us? God gives the next breath we take to us. We are told to give thanks in all things. We can choose to live a life with thankfulness or a life with complaints. A lack of thanks is a sign of indifference. Let us not be indifferent to God.

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