How to Go and Return at the Same Time


Our whole life becomes a cycle of returning and thanking.

That’s the first thought that came to mind this morning after reading the words in Luke 17:15. Here’s the entire section.

“While traveling to Jerusalem, He passed between Samaria and Galilee. As He entered a village, 10 men with serious skin diseases met Him. They stood at a distance and raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

 When He saw them, He told them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And while they were going, they were healed.

But one of them, seeing that he was healed, returned and, with a loud voice, gave glory to God. He fell facedown at His feet, thanking Him. And he was a Samaritan.

 Then Jesus said, “Were not 10 cleansed? Where are the nine? Didn’t any return to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And He told him, “Get up and go on your way. Your faith has made you well.”

The last thing Jesus says to this man is to get up and go on his way because his faith has healed him.  I wonder what “going on his way” looked like for this man after that?  This was a pivotal moment in this man’s story.  This was the moment everything changed for him. In a book or a movie this moment has the potential to be an “inciting incident”.  Here’s a good definition I came across if you are not familiar with the term:

“Inciting comes from the Latin word incitare which means “to put into rapid motion, urge, encourage, and stimulate.” And that’s exactly what your inciting incident is: it’s an event that catalyzes your hero to “go into motion” and take action.”

Here are other ways to conceptualize the inciting incident:

  • it jolts your hero out of his everyday routine
  • it is the event which sparks the fuse of your plot
  • it’s something that MUST happen in order for your hook–your movie’s special premise–to kick in” ~Scribe Meets World

I have to wonder how this one grateful, healed man chose to live out the rest of his days?  Did he talk about this day to his friends? Or maybe, he was so humbled and changed by this act of extreme love that he continued to talk about this day to anyone and everyone who would take the time to listen!  I was sick, and one day, long ago I took a chance. I had heard the stories of how He could heal people like me.  So, I took a chance and I cried out to Him for His help. And the stories I’d heard…they were true!  I don’t exactly know how He did it, I just know that He did it!  He changed everything for me. He gave me a new life and a fresh start!  Have you heard about Him? 

When we live sent then our whole life becomes a journey of giving glory to God and thanking Him for what He has done and how He has brought beauty and light into our story.  We fall facedown over and over again giving praise to the One who changed everything.

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