Thursday, 10 June 2021
Title: One in Ten
By Dr. Tho Lye Mun
Luke 17:11–19. Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy
11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
What if I told you, you didn’t need to be 1 in a million to be special. You just needed to be 1 in 10. We see in the story, out of 10 people whom God blessed and healed, only 1 returned to Him to thank Him and acknowledge His mercy and goodness.
“What?!” I hear you say. Surely this can’t be true! Surely we are more thankful than that!
I think it’s time to take an honest look at ourselves. Ingratitude comes naturally to the sinful self. We are seldom able to appreciate the good done to us, but are always quick to blame and quick to slander. As a doctor, I see this all too regularly where many of us have been victims of complaints. Patients whose lives have been saved and their destinies altered can be quick to point out minor discomforts suffered along the way.
2 Timothy 1 also highlights the condition of being ungrateful. This sin seems to correlate with being proud and abusive, unforgiving, slanderous and being without love.
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.
Therefore, thankfulness seems to be the antidote to many things – to pride, to unforgiveness, to slander, to being empty on the inside and living without love.
And there are many things to be thankful about I can assure you. This is the right time to take stock of the many things we need to be thankful for. It’s time to be the 1 out of 10.
经文：路加福音17 ： 11-19 治好10个麻风病人
路加福音17:11 耶稣往耶路撒冷去，经过撒玛利亚和加利利。12 进入一个村子，有十个长大痲风的迎面而来，远远地站着，13 高声说：”耶稣，夫子，可怜我们吧！”14 耶稣看见了，就对他们说：”你们去，把身体给祭司察看。”他们去的时候就洁净了。15 内中有一个人见自己已经好了，就回来大声归荣耀与神，16又俯伏在耶稣脚前感谢他。这人是撒玛利亚人。17 耶稣说：”洁净了的不是十个人吗？那九个在哪里呢？18 除了这外族人，再没有一个回来归荣耀与神吗？”19就对那人说：”起来，走吧，你的信救了你了。”
“什么？！” 我彷佛听到你说。 这肯定不是真的！ 我们不是那么忘恩负义！
提摩太后书3章1 节道： 你该知道，末世必有危险的日子来到。2 因为那时人要专顾自己，贪爱钱财，自夸，狂傲，谤讟，违背父母，忘恩负义，心不圣洁，3 无亲情，不解怨，好说才言，不能自约，性情凶暴，不爱良善，4 卖主卖友，任意妄为，自高自大，爱宴乐不爱神。