Give Thanks to the Lord
God is the author of all life, the creator of the universe and everyone–and everything–in it. And ultimately, He is the one who deserves all of the praise. Do you believe that? When you look at your life, your talents, gifts, and successes, do you see God? Or do you only see yourself? It’s human nature to have a prideful heart, but we must not forget the One who has created all things, our God who blesses us beyond measure in ways that only He can. Everything that we have comes from Him alone. As Christians, we are called to glorify God with our lives, uplifting His name, reputation, and who He is out of gratitude for His great love and sacrifice on our behalf. We need to have the humility to learn greater godliness from anyone, and remember how great it was, and always will be, to be saved by our gracious God.
11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
Practice The Way of Jesus:
In this story we learn that Jesus expects us to show gratitude. In this account, Jesus seemed disappointed at the unthankfulness of the nine lepers who didn't return. We must train ourselves to show thanks, to give thanks, to be filled with thanksgiving. Without being thankful disciples we won't be pleasing to Jesus.
This week, ask yourself: how can I train myself to show thanks? Is there any way this week you can show your gratitude?