Show Your Gratitude

Sickness is not a pleasant thing in anyone’s life. It comes in and disrupts the life of the individual and their families. Many times, care givers have to take time off from work to attend to the needs of the afflicted. When someone is extremely ill, it’s a crisis in the family.

In Luke 17, we find a group of men with the same illness; they were lepers.  Having leprosy was somewhat like having Covid-19 in our time; you have to be quarantined. In that time, if you contracted leprosy, you had to live outside the city. Your life would not be pleasant. There were ten with the same condition so they decided to quarantine together. One day, these men saw Jesus. They were unable to get close so they called out to him. “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” (verse 13). Jesus responded to the men:  “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. (verse 14). 

The men didn’t stop to debate what they should do; they did as they were told. As they walked in obedience, they were made clean. And we can all say that was wonderful. However, times change but it appears that people remain the same. Why? Verse 15-16 tells us, “One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.” When Jesus saw him, He asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine?” That question is as relevant today as it was when Jesus asked that question.

I know that we are appalled to think that these nine men never took the time to show appreciation for the change Jesus made in their lives that day. But there are times we behave just like those men. We experience God’s goodness everyday of our lives; choose the attitude of the man standing alone and give thanks and show your gratitude.  

Thought for Today: Friend, always give God thanks.

Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.

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