Ten lepers sought cleansing. Ten received it as they went on their way to the priest. That action was necessary. The same point is made in John 9:6-7. Jesus told the blind man to “Go…wash in the pool of Siloam…. So he went and washed, and came home seeing.”
If Jesus gives freely, we accept willingly. If Jesus establishes conditions, we comply. It’s his right to determine how his benefactions come.
Once we receive his grace, our response determines our nature. The nine, filled with gratitude turned inward, rushed off to re-take their positions in society. The one, filled with gratitude turned outward, returned to his benefactor. If, like the nine we rush on with our life, we want only God’s benefit, not God himself. If, like the one we return to praise, extol and submit to Jesus, we gain a new lease on life.
The needed lesson: it’s always more important to develop a personal relationship with Jesus than to receive a favor from Jesus, a blessing from Jesus, an answered prayer from Jesus. We should always value HIM, not what he gives. We may get what we want from God. Or we may not. Whether we do or not, will we be grateful that we know him whom to know is to have everlasting life? John 17:3
So what do we want most from God?
Healing…or knowing the Healer?
Food…or knowing the Bread of Life?
Finances…or knowing the Owner of all?
Security…or knowing the Refuge of seekers?
The nine went away…to the priest, their homes…a new physical life. The one went back to Jesus, praising him…then to the priest, his home, but most importantly, to the new spiritual life gained by personally, face-to-face and eye-to-eye seeing God Almighty in the Flesh.
Which will we follow? -Finis –