Luke 17:19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”
It takes more than a miracle to make a worshiper. The story of the healing of the ten lepers pretty much answers that; ten were healed, only one returned to worship and to give thanks. You would think that a miracle would turn everyone into worshipers, that is sadly not the case. Obviously we can’t go by every detail of every story or parable, but nine out of ten? That sounds about right. I have seen many people receive all sorts of miracles and, in time, seen many return to the pig sty they came out of. What was the difference between the Samaritan who returned to give thanks and all of the others who just went merrily on their way? The difference is revelation. The natural man thinks that God exists just as some sort of Genie to grant him three wishes toward his best life now. Revelation of Christ as Savior, Healer, and Holy God puts us on our face at His feet with the Samaritan. Seeing Christ for Who He is changes everything. Here are some thoughts on the blessing of thankfulness from Charles Spurgeon.
“The blessing of thankfulness is that it receives the largest blessing, for the Savior said to the man what He had not said to others, “thy faith hath made thee whole”. If you would live the higher life, be much in praising God. Some of you are in the lowest state yet, as this man was, for he was a Samaritan: but by praising God he rose to be a songster rather than a stranger. How often I noticed how the greatest sinner became the greatest praiser! Those that were farthest from Christ, and hope, and purity, when they become saved, fell that they owe the most, and therefore they love the best. May it be the ambition of every one of us, even if we be not originally among the vilest of the vile, yet to feel that we owe Jesus most: and therefore we will praise Him most: thus we shall receive the richest blessedness from His hands.”
Spurgeon is dealing with the heart of the issue. Worshippers are created when they see the greatness of their sin and the riches of His salvation. Those that were the furthest away often become the greatest worshippers. Where were you when Christ found you? How far has He brought you? Maybe its time to join the Samaritan at the feet of Jesus.