Week 2: Day 4 Thanks

September 21, 2016

  • Day Four: Thanks

     

    Passage:

    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!”

     

    When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 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? 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 17:11-19, NIV)

     

    Perspective:

    Lots of people have thankless jobs. The janitor. The garbage collector. The landscaper. The person holding the stop/slow sign for road construction. These jobs aren’t glamorous, but they’re necessary.

     

    In this story, Jesus heals all the lepers, regardless of their attitude of generosity. All of them “stood at a distance,” yelling at Jesus to heal them. They’re healed as they go on walking, but only one man comes back and finds himself in the direct presence of Jesus. Why? He noticed that he was healed, and decided to go thank the man who did it. Maybe the others noticed too; probably they didn’t until they’d walked too far. But distance didn’t matter for this Samaritan man—he runs back to Jesus to give thanks to the person who served him.

     

    A thankful heart draws him near to the face of Christ. Jesus was generous with his healing; the one Samaritan leper responded appropriately, with thanks. By giving thanks, we’re drawn closer to Jesus.

     

    Practice:

    Be generous in thanking others today. Find ways to say “thank you” as much as you can, especially to others who help and serve you. Thank your parents, teachers, coaches, the grocery store clerk, the janitor, anyone! If you want to go a step further, write “thank you” notes to 5 people who typically don’t get thanked.

     

    Prayer:

    God, thank you for every person who serves others behind the scenes.

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