Are You One of the Nine? | From the Pastor’s Heart
The account in Luke 17:11-19 of Jesus’ healing of the ten lepers is very familiar to us. We remember how these poor afflicted outcasts cried out to the Lord for healing and that Jesus had pity on them. As they went on their way to the priests to get official verification of their healing as Jesus told them to do, they saw that they were indeed cured of the dreadful disease. Nine continued on their way, but one, so filled with gratitude, put off the official trip so he could return to the Jesus.
Isn’t this just like us? Aren’t we so often one of the nine? We put our requests before God, and, when He answers them, we go our joyful way, forgetting to thank Him for hearing us and blessing us. Still He continues to pour out His goodness on us. Take a walk on a summer morning, and you can’t help but praise Him for the beauty all around for the world He has created to sustain us and for us to enjoy. Go to bed at night, safe and secure in your home, with a full stomach and an unworried mind and thank God for
Sit down with your Bible, unconcerned that anyone might storm your door and take you off to prison for your “subversive” activities, something that happens regularly to our persecuted brothers and sisters in the faith. Gather with other believers on Sunday morning to hear and sing the Word, partake of Christ’s body and blood which impart forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation, and to pray thanking God for His blessings. The people of God are thankful people, for they realize how much they have been given.
We can and should be thankful because God is worthy of our thanksgiving. It is only right to credit Him for “every good and perfect gift” (James 1:17). Expressing thankfulness helps us remember that God is in control. Thankfulness should be a way of life for us, naturally flowing from our hearts through our mouths. The Apostle Paul tells us to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:16). Thank Him with your words of thanksgiving. Thank Him with deeds of service to others. Thank Him with giving your money. Thank Him with your life, for He gave His for you.
Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18), for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. In Him have a blessed Thanksgiving … always!