Jesus asked, “Weren’t ten men healed? Where are the other nine? Why was this foreigner the only one who came back to thank God?”
(Luke 17:17-18 CEV)
“Why do you think the other nine lepers didn’t come back to thank Jesus?” I asked the Sunday school kids. “They went to tell their families and friends about being healed and to celebrate,” “they went to get their sick family members to Jesus,” “they went to church to praise God,” “they lost their way,” “they didn’t love Jesus,” and “they were ungrateful,” were some of their answers. While we’ll never know why the other nine didn’t come back to give thanks for being healed of leprosy, we know how Jesus felt about it: He wasn’t very pleased. Thanksgiving should be a yearlong attitude. Paul tells us to always give thanks to God the Father for everything because this is God’s will for us (Ephesians 5:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:18). There’s no reason why we can’t thank God for all of the great things that He does for us.
Give thanks at all times.