Blind Followers of Blind Leaders
Passing through a village, Jesus comes upon ten men who had leprosy. When they saw Jesus they cried out for mercy, begging to be relieved of their horrible disease. Jesus had compasion on them and healed them of their leprosy. One of them turned to him and thanked him for healing him. Wondering about the others, Jesus asked, "Were there not ten that were cleansed? Where are the nine?" Only one showed his gratitude and thanked Jesus for healing him. Jesus could not understand why the others were not gratful for their healing. I, too, cannot understand why they were so selfish.
Today, in our society, we have many nine-leper people. By this I mean people who are just as selfish as those nine lepers. People who think only of themselves and their desires. They never think of God and Christ and who never show their gratitude to God for what he has done for them.
God has given us this planet to live on. He has given us life. He has given us the things that sustain us in this life. He has given us food to eat, water to drink, and air to breathe. God has given us our children, our health, and the strength to labor for our needs. He has give us eyes to see and a mind to think. But most of all, God has given us a plan and an opportunity to have eternal life with Him when our life here on this earth is over. Out of His goodness and love for mankind he has give us all these things.
So how do we show our thanks and gratitude to our God for these blessings? Do we show our gratitude and our reverence to Him by going to the place of worship on the Lord's day to worship Himin song, prayer, observe the Lord's Supper, and to study His word to learn what His commandments are? Or, do we show our gratitude to Him on the Lord's day by going fishing, playing golf, or by staying home to watch a football game? It has become obvious that sporting events have become a God to this society.
God's servants in the past did not have this problem. Joshua of old said, "Choose you this day whom ye will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." David said, "I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord." May I persuade you to be like these servants of God?
I urge you to think upon these things that have been said. The Bible tells us to fear God and keep His commandments, for this the whole duty of man (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Christ also said, "If you love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15).
As you think on these things also remember that you could be a "BLIND FOLLOWER OF BLIND LEADERS if you do not open your Bibles to see if the things that you hear are true or false.
Author of this article is S.T. Hodges, a member of Christ's church
479 Rs County Road 3446
Emory, TX 75440