Just One?

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 17:15-19

Just one returned to say “thank you.” Surprised? We’re often so excited for ourselves, for our success, for our accomplishment, we forget everything else that came before, which led us to that place in time.  The job, the healing, the unexpected blessing that seems to suddenly appear, are usually the effect of many hours of prayer, lifetimes of preparation, and the intricately interconnected plans of God.

It’s not by our power, not even for our pleasure, but so that everyone can know the source of all blessings and glorify God.

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