Luke records where ten lepers were crying out to Jesus for healing. In response to their requests, Jesus instructed them to go show themselves to the priests. As they went, their bodies were healed. At the moment of cleansing, only one of them returned to give thanks, to which Jesus said:
“…Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?’ And He said to him, ‘Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.” – Luke 17:17-19 NKJV
As it was in the Gospels, many today benefit from God’s intervention, but only a few truly acknowledge His benevolence. The one that returned to Jesus desired to specifically show his gratitude. It isn’t to say the others weren’t happy and thankful to be healed, but only one made the extra effort to show it to the One responsible. In the end, they were all physically clean, but only one was pronounced “well”.
How’s the heart today? Is it well? Life comes at us fast, and prayers flow in the midst of the battle, but don’t forget the “return”.