healing ten lepers :: being thankful

Take a minute to read a few verses in the book of Luke when Jesus heals ten lepers…

Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17:11-19)

There are so many nuggets of truth to pull out of this small passage. But it fits so well as we consider being thankful this month. I just love that one leper who didn’t forget to come back to Jesus and say thank you. But not quietly, but PRAISING God in a LOUD voice. Yes!

How often do we beg and beg for certain things in our lives and when God answers, we forget to say thank you?

How many times do we tell other people in a LOUD voice what God has done?

Do you THROW yourself at Jesus’ feet to thank Him? I’m not talking about a quick “thanks God,” but taking the time to bow before the King of Kings and bring your praises of thanks to Him.

So let’s not be one of those other nine lepers. If there is something you haven’t thanked God for yet (big or small), take the time to do that now. And then tell a friend, a spouse, a child how thankful you are for what God has done. He deserves our praises!