I have always wondered in frustration: why doesn’t anyone bother to actually educate themselves about a subject before they decide what to think of it? So many people speak as though they have authoritative knowledge on an issue yet, when you question them in depth, they reveal they are actually ignorant of that subject. Even when you take the time to explain the issue and show them where to go to start their own study of the issue, they seem to prefer to cling to their own ignorance rather than put in the work necessary to actually learn and understand. But I don’t know why I should be so surprised by this. After all, only one in ten were grateful when Christ healed them and saved their lives.
Do you know this parable?
Ten Lepers Cleansed
11 While He was on the way to Jerusalem, He was passing between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As He entered a village, ten leprous men who stood at a distance met Him; 13 and they raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 When He saw them, He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they were going, they were cleansed. 15 Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, 16 and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine—where are they? 18 Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?” 19 And He said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has made you well.”
I’m not going to bother unpacking all the theological significance in this Scripture. I just want to point out that, in their time, leprosy was a death sentence. So, when Jesus healed these men, He saved their lives. Can you image it? You save the lives of ten men, making it possible for them to re-join society, and only one of them bothers to thank you for your kindness! And yet, Christ kept healing those who would — ultimately — prove to be ungrateful…
I suppose I should learn from His example and do my best to keep trying to educate people, but it is a struggle I am currently losing. Setting aside the growing sense that I have no business trying to teach anyone anything (how arrogant must I be to presume I can do such a thing?), the human side of me simply does not have the strength or energy to keep sweeping water up hill. That’s what it is to try to get people to actually learn: it is like sweeping water up hill. Have you ever tried it? You can do it, but it takes great and constant effort. What’s more, the longer you do it, the faster and harder you have to sweep or the water will flow down the hill anyway. Well, trying to get the willfully ignorant to educate themselves is the same way: you can do it, but only if you continue to push them. If you stop for one second, all the ground you have gained with them is lost. Eventually, you reach a point where you ask yourself why you bother.
I suppose this is the point of the Way: learning to actually live like Yeshua and not just give it lip service. Well, it may not be my best work, but here I am, trying to keep going when all I want to do is give up and live my own life. If only one out of every ten people who read this — or any of my posts — actually benefits from it, then I will count that as blessing. If ten percent was (is) good enough for the Messiah, then it should be more than enough for me. After all, I am nothing, and I can do nothing without Him. So, it is not I who teach, it is Him. I am merely trying to share what He taught me with whomever will listen. Which brings me to this question for you:
Are you going to be that one leper who returned to thank the Man who saved you, or are you going to let the information provided through me go to waste?