Sunday, March 23, 2014

Parable of the Top 10 Percent

Parable of the Top Ten Percent


Today's parable is not a new one. In fact, it comes from one Jesus Christ himself told.

    We live in an age of lists. The Ten funniest pictures, the five most outrageous grammar mistakes. The top ten cities, the top ten fashions, etc., etc., etc. Each list telling us what is the best, classiest and, in short, the "top."

    Christ, too, talks about behaviors that "top Christians" exhibit through his parables. One such parable is about ten lepers who begged for healing. When Christ made them clean, most of them went their way rejoicing, and lived their lives. But one man, the top 10%, turned back to Christ and expressed his gratitude. In Christ's own words, "But were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?" (Luke 17:17)

    Ten lepers were healed, but only the top ten percent had faith enough to be made whole.