The Wholeness of Gratitude
In Luke 17, we have the story of Jesus healing ten lepers. You might be familiar with it (Luke 17:11-19). The lepers see Jesus and begin to shout for Him to heal them. He does and tells them to go and show themselves to the priests to verify their cleansing so they can be restored to their communities. As they run to show the priests, they realize they've been healed.
Then something strange happens. One of the lepers comes back to thank Jesus… but only one. Jesus points out that only one returned to give thanks and then said to the healed leper, “… your faith has made you well…”
What? I thought all ten lepers were healed.
They were, but only one was made “well.”
Is there a difference between being healed and being well? Jesus seems to think so.
And gratitude seems to be the difference. Without gratitude, we tend to take the gift for granted. We treat the gift carelessly, without thought to its true value.
Gratitude is the opportunity of the gift to deepen the relationship with the Giver. Grateful people understand the gift is only a symbol of a deeper and richer reality. The gift opens the door to a relationship with the Giver.
And that’s what makes us whole—being with Christ. Yes, there’s a difference between being healed and being well. That difference is the difference between having the gift and being with the Giver.
How about you? Do you know the difference?
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