Thankfulness by Carla Harris
Luke 17:11-19 NLT
As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you. ”
This is my favorite story about thankfulness. This story talks about 10 lepers (people who have a chronic contagious disease) and how Jesus healed all of them but only one “overflowed with thankfulness”. I find myself asking the same question Jesus had in verse 17, did He not heal ten and where are they? Was that “one” more grateful than the others? Had he been healed of something greater than the others? Could he have received more than just healing? Was his gratitude so overwhelming that he had to go back to Jesus and show his appreciation? Am I like the one or the nine? Do I show what God has done for me more than I show my thankfulness to Him? It makes you wonder. Unfortunately, these verses don't show what happened to the other nine, but it does show us Jesus's grace and how we should respond.
Daily God gives us a reason to thank Him. He provides air in our lungs, life, water, food, shelter, protection, guidance, love, favor, healing and so much more. Everything we have is from God and for that He deserves our praise, adoration, and thanks. Today let's take this time to thank Him for the big, small, and in-between things that He has done, is doing, and will do for us.
Jesus, today we choose to thank you for all things past, present, and future. You died on the cross for our sins, loved us unconditionally, called us friend, reconciled us to the Father, intercede for us and so much more. We are forever thankful for all of it. May we never take you for granted and forget the great and wonderful things you do for us. In Colossians 2:7 itstates Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. May we always grow in your word and overflow in thankfulness. Ame