And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole. (Luke 17:11-19)
Today's Morsel: When we look through scriptures, we see that many people were willing to just let Jesus pass them by without asking Him for His help in their condition and their situations. But on the other hand, we see those who did cry out to Jesus, and Jesus didn't disappoint them. Talk about free medical care! The great physician was on hand and they let Him walk away. Talk about free advice from a therapist. The great counselor was there for them, and they didn't even ask Him for any advice. And it hasn't changed. Jesus said, "You have not because you ask not." I'm not saying you have to or need to ask Him for every little thing you may want, or to have Him remove every little toe ache, but we do need to get into the habit of taking our need to Him. The writers would have never told us to cast all of our cares upon Him, and that God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus, and that when we are weary to come to Him, if God didn't want them to tell us and if He didn't mean it. Sometimes we allow to many opportunities to pass us by. These ten lepers were outcasts, and somehow they knew that Jesus could fix their dilemma and condition. So they called out to Him when He was passing by. They said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when He saw them, He said to them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. They could have let Him pass and said nothing, but their need was greater than their pride and so they spoke up. What about you? Are you letting your opportunity pass you by?
Sing: Pass me not O' gentle Savior, hear my humble cry; while on others Thou are calling, do not pass me by.
Savior, Savior, hear my humble cry; while on others Thou art calling, do not pass me by.