“And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:19
This event took place in Samaria, as Jesus entered a certain village. Ten lepers stood at a distance and cried out to Him saying, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us! And when He saw them, He said to them, “Go show yourselves to the priests!” I can almost see the smile on His face when He saw them discover that, as they went, they were healed! One of them, who saw he was healed, turned back and with a loud voice glorified God, falling down on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks! Jesus said, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner (Samaritan)?” And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”
In this instance, Jesus called the leper’s thankfulness – faith! The leper was acknowledging that his healing was from God and he returned to give God thanks! Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you WHOLE.”
Leprosy is hideous. It’s a type of walking death, where skin and muscles die. Fingers, ears and noses fall off and disfigurement occurs in many ways. The difference between this leper and the other nine was that the other none were healed, but this leper was made whole. Now, I don’t know if the other nine were simply healed, meaning the progression of leprosy was halted. It may be that they were still missing digits or body parts, we don’t know. But we do know that this leper was MADE WHOLE, which means whatever he did lose was restored! He was more than healed! He was made WHOLE!
Going through life with a thankful heart will bring wholeness to every part of our lives. Giving God glory and thanks and acknowledging Him as the author of our talents and abilities, our skills and understanding, will bring us into the Godkind of wholeness. It’s truly an act of faith to acknowledge God as the source of anything that’s good about us.
Developing a lifestyle of thanksgiving is a far more joyful life than that of complaining, and well worth it too! You’ll begin to notice the favor and grace God has bestowed on you that carries you through rough times when others don’t make it through as easily. That’s when you begin to understand that a thankful life is a powerful life! It’s powerful because Jesus called it a life full of faith! And faith is what pleases God! And your faith will make you whole!