To appreciate is to recognize something or someone’s good did as valuable or excellent, to be grateful for something done for by someone.
It’s an ability to understand the worth, quality, or importance of something or somebody. The story in the book of Luke 17:11-19.
It is a clear example of what it means to appreciate one who did something good for you. Jesus on his way to Jerusalem traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.
As He was about entering into a village. Ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance in verse 13 and called out in a loud voice.
Jesus, the Master, have pity on us! And when he saw them he had pity on them. And he said, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.
As they went, they were cleansed. In verse 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed. Came back, praising God in a loud voice.
He threw himself at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. In verse 17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?
No one has returned to give praise to God except this foreigner? After that he asked him to rise up and go; your faith has made you well.
In the Jewish tradition, it is only the priest that can announce to the hearing of the people that a leper is cleansed and they will obey and accept the pronouncement.
That was why Jesus, after healing the lepers told them to go and show themselves to the priest according to verse 14.
One of them returned to give thanks when he saw that he was healed, instead of going back home as others did.
He turned back towards Jesus who was the author of his cure and gave Him thanks. He was very hearty and affectionate in his Thanksgivings.
With a loud voice, he glorified God, acknowledging it to come originally from him. and he lifted up his voice in his praises.
Those that have received mercy from God should tell others, that they may praise God too. And maybe encouraged by their testimonies and experiences to trust in God.
He fell down at His feet; put himself into the most humble reverent attitude he could, and gave Him thanks.
We ought to give thanks for the kindnesses and breakthroughs Christ bestows upon us all these years, particularly for recoveries from sickness.
For the gift of life, for the victory, He gave us over our enemies, for meeting our needs, for saving our lives and soul, etc.
We should be very humble in our Thanksgivings, as well as in our prayers. Christ took notice of the one that had thus distinguished himself from his friends.
He could not allow where he came from to hinder him from appreciating one that has delivered him from his infirmities.
The Samaritans where separatist from the Jewish Church, and had not the pure knowledge and worship of God as the Jews had then.
Yet it was one of them that turned back and glorified God. The big question here is, What really happens to the nine?
Where were they? Why didn’t they return to give thanks? Is it that they forgot? Or that they deliberately refused to appreciate he that made them whole, and equally gave them hope?
Ingratitude is a very common sin that many people commit and feel less concern about it. Of the many that received mercy from God.
There are only but few, very few that returned to give thanks in the right manner. (Scarcely one in ten) that render according to the benefit done to them.
Christ was so passionate about doing good, Were there not ten cleansed? There is an abundance of healing and cleansing virtue in the blood of Christ.
Sufficient for all His patients, Though ever so many. Here are ten at a time cleansed, we shall have never the less grace for others sharing it.
CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING
So many teenagers and youths, most times find it difficult to say “thank you”. To mum and dad after eating their food.
Or, when the parent gave them one gift or the other. Not to talk of any other fellow who did them one favor or another.
We equally have parents who never appreciate the effort of their children or wards. Neither do they appreciate others?
It is also possible to have husbands and wives who never appreciate one another’s efforts. Rather they are after each other’s mistakes and wrongdoings.
We have masters and mistresses who see it as an insult to there personality by appreciating the efforts of their housemaids and servants.
We also have in our church members who never appreciate the works of their pastors and leaders in the church.
Even people who were once living from hand to mouth. And were helped by someone to be out of such a situation. They never care to appreciate those who helped them.
We all should remember where and how we started. Where God picked and dusted us, and have brought us this far.
He really deserves our appreciation. Don’t be carried away by over-excitement. The initial excitement you had when you are blessed.
Should not make you forget to appreciate God and those through whom you were blessed like the ten lepers.
Because when we fail to show appreciation, to people that have added value to our lives. We may lose lots of opportunities.
Do not allow familiarity to make you forget to acknowledge the efforts and contributions of people in your life.