‘He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.’ Luke 17.16
Sometimes it’s very easy to feel like an outsider. You may not have had the same experiences as other people - your life may seem different to theirs and your struggles somehow seem unlike the ones they face – and because of this you wonder what God really thinks of you. Does he wish you were a bit more like other people?
If you feel like this, then the story of the ten lepers is very encouraging. After they had all been healed, one of them came back to thank Jesus. Just one person made the effort to connect with Jesus again, and he was a Samaritan – the one everyone considered to be an outsider. Yet he was the one who impressed and moved Jesus that day.
It really is not about feeling you belong or believing the right things. It is all about your own personal connection to Jesus. In all the struggles you go through, are you still able to stick close to him? Are you still able to turn to him, no matter how feebly, and acknowledge that somehow you belong with him? If so, you are doing ok!
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