While He was on the way to Jerusalem, He was passing between Samaria and Galilee. As He entered a village, ten leprous men who stood at a distance met Him; and they raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When He saw them, He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they were going, they were cleansed. Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine—where are they? Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has made you well.” (KJV)
Some years ago, I read this story to my daughters and one of them said, “Daddy, nine of them didn’t have very good parents, did they?” When I asked what she meant by that, she said, “Because it’s mommies and daddies who teach their kids to say thank you!” That is so true. We are not naturally thankful; ingratitude is a malicious part of our sinful nature. Entitlement comes naturally; gratitude, not so much!
There is an entire nation celebrating and many thanking God this week. They have been declared clean, free of a deadly disease that has wreaked havoc in their cities and villages. The press release reads as follows:
Sierra Leone is officially declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization after 42 days without a single declared case of the disease.
Many of us around the world have been praying concertedly for Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Many of our staff have lost their precious loved ones. Today, there is great rejoicing even amidst the ongoing grieving that is still taking its emotional toll.
Jesus instructs the leprous men to go to the priests, even before they are healed. The very act of obedience is what predicates the cleansing. What has God asked you to do this week? What disease does He want you to turn away from and walk toward His love instead? And, did your mommy or daddy teach you to be thankful? There is no possible way your own children, or our Youth for Christ children will ever be thankful unless they:
- see our obedience,
- experience God’s healing in our lives and ultimately,
- hear our loud and vociferous praise and thankfulness.
Shout for Joy even now – His redemption draws nigh. His healing is now. And Praise God for this extraordinary news from Sierra Leone!