- By Pastor Robert Maxie
11 Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. 13 And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.
15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. Luke 17: 11-15
This is a Great passage to read after the New Year. It talks about how Jesus is walking through Samaria and Galilee when he encounters 10 lepers that call out for healing. He tells them to go show themselves to the priest and as they went they were cleansed and healed, but the bible tells us that only one returned to say thank you.
The point that I want to bring out of the story today is this. As they went in obedience to his word, they found that they had been cured. Jesus told them to do something and as they walked on to complete that task they realized at some point that they were healed.
I wonder sometimes do we forget it was our walk in Jesus that lead to our healing, it was our obedience to his word that saved us, that in our need we threw ourselves at God…but I wonder for how many of us that got what we prayed for, we got the husband, the job, the healing, the wife, and the blessing, I wonder did our walk then at that point of blessing and healing become a hindrance to us enjoying the blessing. At what point did the walk become a burden. At what point did we fall more in love with the blessing then the God that blessed us?
We focus on the 1 that came back to say thank you but just as important as saying verbally thank you for blessing me, is the continued walk in God after the blessing. Were we following Jesus to get something? Were we seeking him, or what we can get from him. How do we know.. easy:
Are you still walking? Are you still seeking him? Are you still serving?
Are you still praying and seeking his face? Is your walk now a burden to the blessing?
What we need to understand is we can get everything we ever wanted and still be just as unhappy because out of 10 lepers Jesus only told one that he was made whole.
Today, ask him to reveal your true motives to following him. If he reveals anything but love for him then we need to ask God to change our heart and so we can continue walking in the healing that he wants us to have.
Pastor Robert Maxie is the Ministry Leader of Crossroad Recovery Ministry, Associate Pastor of Encounter Church and Director of the 2018 “Live Free” Conference.