The Other Nine

Luke 17_17_The Other Nine

I’m no statistician, but I think I can figure out what the odds are that I would have been among the majority that day.  More than likely, you would have been too.

Luke 17 includes a story about 10 men with serious skin diseases (perhaps leprosy) who had a fateful encounter with Christ.  All 10 cried out to Jesus to have pity on them and heal their diseases.  And miraculously, all 10 were healed within minutes as they walked to show themselves to the priests.

Of the 10 healed men, only one took the time to turn around and thank Jesus for the wonderful thing He had done.  When this man found Christ, Jesus asked:

“Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? (Luke 17:17)

Where are the other nine?  The question haunts me because there’s a 90% chance I would have been among them that day.  I would like to think I would have been that ONE, but more than likely I would have been among the nine who simply went about their day – either as if nothing had happened, or thinking “It’s about time, God – I’ve been waiting for this for a long time.”

Lord, forgive us for being among the nine far too frequently.  Help us to cultivate an attitude of gratitude, not an attitude of entitlement.  You provide for us so abundantly; may our thanks to you be reflective of your goodness to us. –Dave

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