Where Are the Nine?
Daily Devotional for July 30th
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole. Luke 17:15-17
In this generation, we have witnessed God do great and mighty things in the lives of people. Great deliverances from drugs, alcohol, prescription meds, demonic possessions and oppressions, marriages restored and the list goes on. However, many people have since then come and gone. Their needs were met because Jesus refuses no one, but did their desire to come and give glory to God reveal something missing in their heart?
According to these verses, there were ten lepers cleansed. Evidence suggests the other nine who went on to the priest were Jews. This one man who returned was a stranger; a Samaritan. As a gentile, he no doubt thought that God’s promises didn’t include him; only the Jews. When he was cleansed, he could do nothing except thank Jesus. When God performs a work in your life, do you view it as entitlement, or do you count yourself among the thankful? We must realize that God owes us nothing, but we owe everything to Him.
There’s no amount of miracles that can be performed in our lives that can make us return to give glory to God. Dedication and commitment to God cannot be forced upon anyone, but can only come from a thankful heart. Jesus revealed to Simon the leper Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. Luke 7:47. When a person comes to Jesus with a need, He turns none away when they meet the conditions of faith. Sadly though, a vast number walk away with their need met, their storm rebuked, and their emergency taken care of, only to go on with the rest of their lives never acknowledging Him.
What are your actions, devotion and commitment saying in response to Jesus’ touch in you? In order to return to give glory to God, you have to realize where Jesus has brought you from. You also have to appreciate where you are; which is delivered, set free, healed, out of bondage. The proper response to God moving in our lives is thankfulness and devotion. Are you one of the nine; or the few who return?