And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
Many of us are familiar with the story of the healing of ten lepers from which our text is drawn. We know that only ONE returned and expressed his thanks to Jesus. What many don’t realise is that he was the odd man out in three ways at least.
Firstly, as a Samaritan, he was technically a stranger, despised and misunderstood by his Jewish compatriots. But that didn’t deter him from returning to appreciate his Healer. Likewise, we must overcome our stigmas and stereotypes in order to do the right thing.
Secondly, he returned just to express his gratitude to Jesus, without asking for anything else. Others went on their way happily and forgetfully. Will you appreciate Jesus sincerely today for that blessing you’ve received?
Thirdly, this guy went further than just saying thank you. His gratitude was so deep he went over the top. He literally fell down on his face at Jesus’ feet in worship.
Beloved, just how deep is your gratitude for what Jesus has done for you? Sometimes “thank you” is not enough, brethren! We must go further, deeper and higher. The depth of your gratitude determines the extent of your worship. Will you take time to count your blessings today? Then match that with your deepest worship.