In the experience of the ten lepers, all ten had been cleansed of their leprosy, but only one, a Samaritan, returned to give thanks to Jesus. Lk 17:16 and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Lk 17:17 Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Lk 17:18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Lk 17:19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”
The Lord indeed takes note both of the few who truly appreciate Him and also of the many who take His blessings for granted.
In the house of Simon the Pharisee, for example, the Lord Jesus took special note of the woman who washed His feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair, anointing them with the precious ointment in her alabaster box. But He also noted that self-righteous, critical Simon had provided no such services at all. Lk 7:44 Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. Lk 7:45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. Lk 7:46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Lk 7:47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”
We often dwell on what we have done for the Lord, but in this passage Jesus points out to Simon the Pharisee the things he had not done. Love is not just in the things that are done, for we find it easy to love those that we should love, but the full measure and strength of our failure to love as Christ commanded is in the things that are not done
(Taken in part from a Henry Morris devotional)
Published on Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 4:57 AM CDT