Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, February 19th, 2011
Be One In Ten
And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
Luke 17:17 (KJV)
On His way to Jerusalem, Jesus met ten lepers, 'Which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, 'Jesus, Master, have mercy on us' (v.12-13). Jesus did not heal them on the spot, but instead said, 'Go show yourselves unto the priests' (v.14).

Note that the lepers approached Jesus in humility by not counting themselves worthy to stand close to Him. In response, Jesus healed them on their walk of faith.

We should imitate the first two actions of the ten lepers: approach Jesus in humility with our requests; then, wait for His blessings as we proceed in our journey of faith.

However, only one in ten lepers came back to thank Jesus. Only one in ten remembered the Source of his salvation from misery and death.

What happened to the other nine who received the same miracle? The Bible does not say, but I suspect their outcome was not the same. They may have fallen back into illness and sin by their lack of appreciation, by forgetting God.

God forbid that any of us, His children, should return to a life of sin once we are cleansed and blessed. In our trials, we must remember the Source of help: Jesus. We must remember to approach Him with humility and to walk forward in faith while we wait for our miracles.

God is the Source of everything good, and we are forever thankful.

Always be the one in ten.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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