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September 16, 2020

Unexpected Response

“Jesus asked, ‘Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?’” (Luke 17:17-18)

Luke 17:11-19 tells the story of Jesus' healing of 10 lepers. As Luke describes what happened, he records Jesus’ questions in our focal verse above. The foreigner who responded so well to this wonderful miracle was a Samaritan. 

As I read Jesus’ life, ministry and teaching, I give special attention to the unexpected. Often it is the unexpected words and actions surrounding Jesus that carry the greatest meaning. In this healing miracle the unexpected is the thankful response of faith from a Samaritan. In Jesus day, no one expected a Samaritan to be spiritually sensitive or properly responsive to God. They were foreigners and even had wrong religious practices (by Jewish standards). Yet, this foreigner responded better to Jesus than the others who had all the spiritual advantages of Jewish teaching and scriptures.

Are there people in my life who I consider spiritually hopeless? Are there some I assume will never respond well to Jesus or the good news of His rescue from sin and death? Do my religious assumptions put up barriers to sharing God's love and His work? Could it be that God has brought some “Samaritans” to me so they could discover what God wants to do in their lives too?

Question: When I look around, do I make unfounded assumptions about other’s spiritual receptivity?

Challenge: Share your faith with those God brings across your path. Don’t assume how they will respond.

Prayer: Jesus, You are at work in lives all around me. Help me join Your work.

Dude Garrett, Chapel Leader -- Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks

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