The Nine vs. the One

Scott Stevenson

"As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, He reached the border between Galilee and Samaria.  As He entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”  He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”  And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.  One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!”  He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what He had done.  This man was a Samaritan.  Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men?  Where are the other nine?   Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”  And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go.  Your faith has healed you.”  Luke 17:11-19 (NLT)

When I came across this verse, I really had to take an account of myself and ask God for forgiveness for not being thankful for all that I’ve been blessed with in my life, and more importantly, the life beyond.  I think about how often I just go through life and not think about the awesome gift God has given me in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Have you done this?  I plead for God’s forgiveness for not recognizing God’s mercy due to my sinful state of mind.  It is obvious that I am in need of help and the best place I know to get true wisdom is God’s Word."  Luke 17:11-19

The Lord tells us that if we are lacking to ask and He will give freely to His children.  We know that many people either thought or asked the Lord for the winning Lotto numbers most recently.  I must admit, it did cross my mind, “what I would do if”…silly me.  God is not concerned with the material, but how I meet His purpose within His plans.  He died for me, so I really don’t think that is an absurd expectation of God.  When we ask God for something, ask with God’s purpose in mind.

Back to my problem.  I don’t want to be like the “other nine” in Luke 17.  I want to get closer to the Lord and I need help doing so I looked in God’s Word and found what I was looking for in James.  "If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you.  He will not rebuke you for asking."  James 1:5 (NLT)

Don’t be like the nine who ran off with only a taste of God, but fell short when it came to experiencing being healed beyond the here and now.  The one guy that came back found this out, but that lead me to ask how did he know to come back?  As I read about the men and women who followed Jesus, I questioned how they were able to become effective for God.  One critical thing they did well…they sought after God.  Can you imagine what could happen if we actually sought after God Almighty?! 

Lord I pray that I can be more like the one who came back and gave you praise; help me to battle the flesh and seek you more.

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