A friend of mine recently called me while driving home from a men’s conference. He called just to tell me “thanks” for sticking to his side when he was going through some really difficult times due to the side effects of a brain trauma. You know, it really made me feel good that my friend took the time to say “Thank You.”
Don’t you just hate it when you do something nice for someone but unfortunately, they forget to say those simple two words. That is what happened Jesus. Ten lepers with a disease causing sores all over the body were living in physical and social separation. Leprosy was very common in Jesus’ day. People who had this disease were considered to be unclean. In fact, they were required by law to stay away from other people – to live in isolation, because of the fear that they might infect others with the disease. Here is Luke’s account of what happened:
One day, Jesus was walking through a small village when he saw a group of ten lepers. They stood far away from Jesus and hollered to him, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us.” Obviously, they knew who Jesus was and that he had the power to heal them. When Jesus heard them, he called back to the lepers and said, “Go, show yourself to the priest.” As the lepers went on their way to see the priest, they looked at their skin and the sores were gone. Jesus had healed their disease. They were so happy that they ran up and down the streets singing and dancing. Suddenly, one of them stopped and went back. Praising God with a loud voice, he threw himself at Jesus’ feet and said, “Thank You.” Jesus said to him, “Weren’t there ten who were healed? Where are the other nine?” Only one out of ten remembered to say, “Thank You.” Luke 17:11-17
The words “thank you” seem to disappearing from our vocabulary as a culture. God gives us so much that we take for granted. We, according to God Himself, considers us to be better than the birds of the air. Listen to what Jesus told some people: “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7 Every day he provides everything we need: food, clothing, and shelter. How often just today have you forgotten to say, “Thank You?” Maybe we should stop right now and say “Thank You” to the Giver of all things. Ask God to help you remember to thank Him every day.