Tuesday, November 23, 2021

A Heart Of Thanks: Refuses To Forget

Most people are quick to forget where the blessings come from.

Luke 17:11-19 As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. 12 As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, 13 crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. 

15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” 16 He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan. 

17 Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you. ”

You heard about a man that has the power to change your life, and then you learn that he is coming to town, you and your companions are skeptical that he would ever come anywhere close to you. 

But then sure enough you and your friends all cry out for healing and he responds, all ten of you get what you asked for but not in the same way that you have heard about, this time he doesn't heal until the are on their way.

Your dream of being healed has come true for you but also for the other nine. Which leper are you? 

Do you think the other lepers remained healed? If so, what was the benefit or blessing for the one leper who returned to give thanks?

Does living with a heart of thanks make a difference in your life?

So many people chose to use Jesus for what he could do to improve their lives. We see very few people in the New Testament that show us the kind of thankfulness that the one leper displayed.

I have been blessed beyond measure, it is way too easy to be in the crowd with the nine lepers, I have been healed from the leprosy of sin. I need to stop and remember to give God thanks for what he has done and what he is still doing in my life.

Thank you Lord for healing me and bringing me to life!