And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
Jesus heals ten lepers (Read Luke 17:11-19), but only one comes back to thank Him. Though he was a Samaritan, his faith was expressed by his act of grateful praise.
Nine of the ten lepers who were healed kept going and never returned to thank Jesus. As Christians we have experienced God’s healing, goodness and grace so much that sometimes we take it for granted and forget to thank Him.
The real blessing that one leper received on the top of healing was wholeness. When he went to thank Jesus, He said thy faith hath made thee whole (Luke 17:19). Being whole is important to be an effective Christian.
The authentic gratitude is an act of faith and the result is the wholeness.
14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. 15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
A shepherd protects his sheep at all times and at any cost. Many nights a shepherd stays awake to watch over his sheep to protect them from danger. He leads them to green pasture for continuous supply of food and nourishment.
Jesus describes Himself as “The Good Shepherd”. He feeds, protects, guides and cares for us. He went one step further - He died on the cross and paid the penalty for our sins, failures and mistakes.
He took our shame and guilt and gave us freedom and purpose in life. If that was not enough, He also put His Spirit in us so that we will never be alone without God in us.
With the Lord Jesus Christ as your Shepherd you have His guaranteed protection, preservation and provision always.