Good Samaritans (Part 3)
The One in Ten
Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, 'Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!'
Luke 17:11-13 (NKJV)
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, 'Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?'
Luke 17:15-18 (NKJV)
Lepers were outcasts. In their suffering, some ignored party lines. Jews and Samaritans bonded together. One such colony of ten pleaded with Jesus to heal them. So He did. But only one returned to thank Him: a Samaritan.
What happened to the other nine? Did they stay 'clean'? Maybe not, because we reap what we sow. When we give glory to God, He gives it to us. When we don't, He takes it away. Because 'Whoever exalts himself will be humbled' (Matthew 23:12).
Why did the least likely leper (a Samaritan) glorify God when His most likely people (nine Jews) did not? What do actors, models, and talent for Christ need to understand when Jesus says, 'The last will be first, and the first last' (Matthew 20:16)?
1) We must give God the glory for our success in the mission field of Hollywood.
2) Good Samaritans (those who don't know Jesus but have good hearts) may 'act better' than Christians raised in the faith. They may be promoted ahead of God's chosen people whose hearts have grown hard.
3) Since Samaritans were hated by the Jews but loved by God, let's follow His lead--not theirs. Let's walk in the foreign culture of entertainment in hopeful love rather than doubtful condemnation.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Good Samaritans series.