Decide to be Grateful
12th AUGUST 2022
Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Luke 17:15–18 ESV
The preceding lines to the above scripture introduce us to ten lepers who saw Jesus from afar when He reached a town on the border between Galilee and Samaria. “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” they pleaded. In verse 14, Jesus commanded them to go and present themselves to the priest. They were all healed while they were on their way. Only one, a Samaritan, returned to Jesus after realising he had been healed, falling to the ground and thanking Him.
Even more remarkable was the fact that, in Jesus’ day, he would have been regarded as the least of the 10 to exhibit such an act, because he was a Samaritan (a foreigner). This emphasises the reality that a grateful heart, a grateful attitude, is a decision of the heart and intellect. It is not an instinctive response to the things that God accomplishes for us; thus, we must be proactive about expressing our deep thankfulness to God on a daily basis for even the most insignificant of things, until praise becomes our lifeline.
Although Jesus healed the lepers, He did not tell them to praise Him. However, we can see that Jesus recognised the significance of a thankful spirit by asking of the other nine lepers who were also cleansed but did not return to thank God. Our statement of gratitude to God acknowledges that He is the wellspring of our faith. It also serves as a reminder of who God is and the wonderful things He has done in our lives.
In everything, we must strive to be intentional in giving God thanks and praise.
Take some time to think about the beautiful things God has done in your life. Write them down and start thanking God for what He has brought you through and even for the journey ahead.
Heavenly Father, please accept my praise for the generosity and kindness You exhibit to me on a daily basis, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Further Reading: Luke 17:11–19
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