Wednesday
Sep 1st, 2021
The Extra Mile: Gratitude Over Complaining
By: Nathan Head
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Luke 17:17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?” (NIV)

Jesus didn’t ask the question above because He doubted His power to heal. It was rhetorical. Those overhearing this were indirectly directed to take note. Another detail to note came at the very end of the previous verse. Luke, the author and a doctor himself, notes in verse 16 that one of the men healed was not only a leper, but also a Samaritan.

Samaritans and Jews like Jesus just plain didn’t get along. There was an ongoing culture war between the two, and Jews looked down on Samaritans. As Jesus asked this rhetorical question, we recognize that the only person returning to praise and thank Jesus was one who was generally despised.

It’s hard to admit, but I look down on others too. At a subconscious level, I put people in categories and get an intrinsic sense of how they measure up to me. It’s ugly, and I repent of it as much as I recognize it. I bring this up because I need to confess it, but also because it’s an important lesson. Those who feel superior aren’t usually grateful for what they have.

My arrogance blinds me from my deep need for Jesus, and it also silently divides me from people Jesus loves very much. Like the other nine lepers, I have been cleansed and forgiven too! Today, let’s return to Jesus’ feet to worship and thank Him for what He’s done.

Find a quiet place, get on your knees, and worship Jesus. Listening to and/or singing your favorite worship song can help.

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