Taking God For Granted

Luke 17:12-19

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? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

All ten heard, obeyed and were cleansed. One gave thanks. Jesus was joyful with the one, but disappointed in the other nine. When we hear from God, we must obey. But even before we do what he says, we can turn and give him thanks while we’re on the way.

The difference between the one and the nine was a passion for giving thanks to the God who did the miracle. The nine, being Jewish, took their law seriously, but they didn’t have a passion for expressing thanks to God. The Samaritan saw Jesus and spoke his gratitude to God over and over in a loud voice.

Today, I can get caught up in the necessary tasks of the day and not take the time to stop what I’m doing to spend a little quality time with God. There is so much I can praise Him for.

Am I taking God for granted? I hope to learn from the lepers and act out my thanksgiving to God on a daily basis.

November is a good month to begin making schedule changes to include more thanksgiving in your day. I hope you’ll join me.

1 comment:

Valerie Hudson said...

It's so easy to utter a quick "thanks" to friends and co-workers for help with things ranging from the menial to the larger tasks of the day. I think we Christians become too lazy in our offering thanks to God, for those same things. We sometimes lose sight of the fact that, on our own we can't accomplish or create one single thing. It is only by God's grace that we can "do" or "receive" things. For that, we should remember to thank Him daily for all that He has done and continues to do for us.