Good Shepherd Lutheran

The Least We Can Do Luke 17:11-19
Jesus healed ten lepers, but only one of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, praising and glorifying God. He couldn’t thank Jesus enough. But he was the exception.
Ten people that day received the kindness and compassion of God’s grace! Ten people were touched by the love of God and made clean. But nine of them kept right on going  and never even looked back. It seems, as if they totally forgot, who was responsible for their healing. 
Ingratitude is a poison, but it’s such a common one that we’ve become blinded to seeing its effects. We forget what it feels like to help someone and not have them even say thank you.
We should be grateful for the grace God extends to us. He does it even when we don’t deserve it. He does it even though He knows how we’re going to act after we receive it. 
He does it in spite of our ingratitude, and He keeps on doing it because He loves us!
It was no accident that the lepers were there when Jesus was passing by that day. The lepers didn’t get a lot of news, but even they’d heard of the saving power and miracles 
Jesus was capable of. And how did they know? Because someone else had received a healing or a blessing and was willing to thank Jesus for what He’d done for them and share the good news with others.
We need to do the same thing today. We need to show kindness and compassion to the lost and the dying by giving witness to those around us! Jesus can’t help the helpless, the homeless and the hurting if they don’t get a chance to know Him.
Romans 10:14-17 says, “But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to  trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it?”
It’s up to us to tell them, because Jesus has commanded us to share the Good News and there’s no one else to do it. 
Make a difference in someone’s life today. Show them kindness and compassion by telling them about what Jesus can do for them. Show them where they can find true healing.
God extends His grace to everyone, no matter how much we don’t deserve it. He extends His grace even when He knows how ungrateful we’re going to be after we  receive it. In spite of our callousness and our rejection, He still continues to offer that grace because He loves us! 
Shouldn’t we do the same for all those others in need of healing? Isn’t that the least we can do?