Gratitude


What should you be thankful for today?  Quite often, we either ignore God’s help after he has given it, or we transfer the credit to ourselves.  Let’s pause and let our gratitude to God catch up to his blessings in our lives.  The attention of gratitude should be on the Lord…

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.”
Luke 17:11-19

In this story about healing and faith, there is a nuance which reveals to us the heart of God.  Jesus desires for us to be thankful.  It was the Samaritan – the foreigner – who came back after the healing to thank Jesus.  The Israelites did not.  Hmmm…

Are the children of God so used to his blessings and grace that we have become entitled? That’s what it looks like, doesn’t it?  We think we deserve what we get or we take it for granted, and God is left on the sidelines – having done the heavy lifting – while we glory in the outcome…

The same thing happens when we pray for God’s help and his hand, and when he answers our prayer, we celebrate and keep the focus on the human level.  I did this yesterday.  After praying that God would provide a resolution for something, when it happened, I transferred the credit to myself and felt proud of my achievement.

Gratitude should be a hallmark of our existence.  Gratitude should be an opportunity to share with others a) what we have been praying for, and b) what God did with what we have been praying for.  The attention of gratitude should be on the Lord.  Not on us.

What should you be thankful for today?  Let’s pause and let our gratitude to God catch up to his blessings in our lives.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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