August 22, 2017

Saying ‘Thank You’

When was the last time you asked God for something, big or small, and He fulfilled your needs or desires, and you neglected to say ‘thank you’ to Him?

“And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.’ When he saw them he said to them, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went they were cleansed.

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?’ And he said to him, ‘Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well'” (Luke 17:11-19).

This one leper- a foreigner, who had essentially no prior knowledge of Christ-  recognized that his desires (or needs) had been met and immediately turned around and gave thanks to Christ. It says that he did so “with a loud voice”- he chose not to keep it to himself, but gave thanks in a manner that others would know and would see the power and glory of God.

And he fell at Jesus’ feet! Literally, he gave thanks with humility! The focus was completely on his Healer, and what He had accomplished.

“Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders” (Psalm 107:31-32).

How can you say thank you to God today, for the good things He has done for you?


Comments

  1. So true. He was thinking about Christ's goodness at that moment, not his own.