Not everyone who receives the goodness of God is thankful for what He has done for them. I am sure you are familiar with Luke 17:11-19. The ten lepers asked Jesus to have mercy on them. In return, Jesus asked them to do something that required their obedience; “Go and show yourselves to the priests. And as they went they were cleansed” (17:14). In this obedience, transformation took place and they were no longer the outcasts of society. In going to the priests, there would be an immediate recognition that these men were now acceptable in public.
Sadly, nine of the ten missed the connection between their healing and the source of their healing and only one of them retraced his steps. “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).
Do you realize what God has done in your life? Thankfulness grows as we realize the transformation God has made in us through Jesus Christ. The blind man in John 9 knew ONE THING; “He answered ...One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” (John 9:25). He knew the transforming work caused by the touch of Jesus. The change in both these men was very real and both of them gave Him thanks and worship for what took place in their lives.
What about you? If God has transformed your life through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross and you received the Holy Spirit, has your life become a continual expression of thanks and gratitude in worship? Paul exhorts us; “giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20). It must be our continual attitude because of God’s overwhelming grace.
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