The hustle and bustle of the Christmas season are in full swing. Although it may look different this year, we still want to bring some normalcy to our lives.
It’s CyberMonday worldwide, and the deals are endless in hopes you will buy that someone something special (and get a little discount at the same time).
Many companies offered discounts as part of Black Friday or CyberMonday, but others offered them a thank you to their customers.
This year has been tough on all businesses. The larger firms may have ridden the wave out better due to their size, but that didn’t mean they were immune to it.
Small businesses, unfortunately, took the brunt of the economic downturn. I went to a local restaurant to pick up food and paid in cash. I said thank you and proceeded to leave. He said, “don’t you want your change.”
I said, “nope I’m good. Have a nice day!”
Saying thanks or giving a larger than normal tip (if you can) is a great way to express gratitude to folks.
Today, we look at a passage in Luke, where Jesus heals some lepers.
I borrowed this passage from a message by Andy Stanley titled Give Thanks. You can watch the full message by him below.
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Let’s see how the story unfolds.
“Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, ‘Jesus, Master, have pity on us!'”Luke 17:11-13
As we have seen many times before, Jesus traveled far and wide during His earthly ministry. Here we find him on the border of Samaria and Galilee.
Those who have leprosy were outcasts. They were not permitted to come into “town” but rather needed to stay far away from “normal” people.
Somewhere between the town and outcast colony of lepers, Jesus and His disciples hear the cries of the men stricken.
They understood the customs of the day – they were far away, shouted, and did not dare come in any closer to anyone.
“When he saw them, he said, ‘Go, show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were cleansed.”Luke 17:14
The day’s custom was to show yourself to the priest if you had been healed of some disease to verify it.
What is interesting is that Jesus spoke the words, and they were healed. He didn’t touch them or do anything fancy.
In fact, if you recall, they were some distance from each other.
“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
Imagine for a moment; you were one of the people healed. Along the way, this man realized he didn’t have leprosy and made an about-face and headed for the healer.
Here – this man – broke the distance barrier. He fell at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him.
Luke makes an interesting observation – he says he (the man healed) is a Samaritan.
Samaritan’s and Galilean’s were enemies, and that might be putting it nicely. The camp they were a part of must have had both in it since it was on the border of both areas.
“Jesus asked, ‘Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?’ Then he said to him, ‘Rise and go; your faith has made you well.'”Luke 17:17-19
Jesus then questions where the other nine went to. Why didn’t they come back and say “thank you”?
Jesus told the man, “his faith had made him well.” Only Jesus had the power to heal the man.
Sometimes we get wrapped up in the request for healing or provision that we forget to come back and say “thank you” to God for His answer to our prayers.
This season, I want to encourage you to slow down and thank God for answering your prayers.
You might have prayed for a job, an unemployment check, food, healing, rest, or something else. Take a moment to tell God, “thanks.”
Let’s be like the one leper that came back to say “thanks” for what Jesus has done.
Prayer: Lord, thanks for answering our prayers. Thank you for your provision, love, and grace. Please help me be mindful of all you have done for me, especially sending your Son to die on the cross for my sins. Amen!