Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Be Thankful


Luke 17; 11-19  ''Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.  As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”  Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

      Are you in the 10 percent who thanks God for what He has done for you?  Or are you in the 90 percent, who takes it all for granted?  Oh, how we always want more from Him, but how lacking we are to be genuinely thankful for all that we have been given so far.
      ''We ought to give thanks for the favours Christ bestows upon us, and particularly for recoveries from sickness; and we ought to be speedy in our returns of praise, and not defer them, lest time wear out the sense of the mercy. It becomes us also to be very humble in our thanksgivings, as well as in our prayers.''
     Ingratitude is a common sin.  Have you ever given someone a gift and been discouraged by the lack of acknowledgement for it, as well as the lack of a thank you?  The Lord has given so much to the people of this world, and yet there is a conscious effort to take Him out of everything.  Where is 'our grateful heart with an outstretched hand that blesses His name?'
    May we throw ourselves at Jesus' feet and thank Him, like the Samaritan, with praise for all that He has done, is doing, and will do in our lives.