In most cases, we know the source of gifts we receive. Usually we thank the giver as soon as we receive a gift, but in unusual situations when we do not know where the gift came from, we are puzzled and do not know who to thank.
In Luke 17:11-19, Jesus is on His way to Jerusalem and passes through a village. Ten lepers beg Him to heal their hopeless condition, to which Jesus instructs them to “Go and show yourselves to the priest. And as they went, they were cleansed” (17:14). Since they had not even reached the priest before they were cleansed, it would have been easy to see the source of their healing.
When we receive gifts or blessings, are there times that we do not make the effort to thank the person who gave them to us? Why did only one leper return to Jesus with gratitude in His heart? One of the factors that enters into this is that he was a Samaritan and knew he did not deserve the favor of a Jew. Could it be the other nine felt they deserved cleansing because they were Jews? After all, Jesus had healed many others in Israel; why not them?
The feeling of gratitude in the heart springs from realizing we are not worthy of God’s favor, or for that matter, the kindness of anyone. Because feelings of unworthiness are the work of grace, there is a certain mystery attached to being thankful. Ephesians 2 points to grace being the foundation of everything we have. I trust you will stop what seems important in the next few days and take time to write down things God has done for you and let them trigger a flood of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord!
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