Thursday, March 19, 2015
One out of ten
Luke 17:15-16 (NKJV) – And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.
Just imagine the walk away from Jesus after He told you to go show yourself to the priest. Think about the moment you discovered that your struggle with this dreaded disease is over. All the years, months, weeks of daily torment, horrific circumstances and threat of death. The isolation, humiliation, depredation; it’s all over. I don’t know that we are able to imagine that level of relief. The issue in your life, that had only one ending, has been intercepted by divine authority or has been ordered to cease and desist. What had you captive has been ordered to release you and let you go. There are family members who you can now enjoy the company of, friends you haven’t been able to see, a community that you can now rejoin and contribution you can again begin to make. It’s over; what an amazing life-changing, paradigm shifting moment!
It would seem that everyone experiencing that level of benevolence would be much, much more than grateful and anxious to express their gratitude with outpourings of thanksgiving. But only ONE out of ten returned to praise and thank God for all He had done that day; only one.
The lesson is simple, BE THE ONE! There are many ways in which God blesses us daily. Are you the one who after you discover you have been blessed return to give thanks? This week when you wake up, even before getting out of bed, contemplate His blessing in your life and express your gratitude to Him and as you lie down at the end of the day reflect on your day and find something for which you can give Him thanks. I am sure there are many. BE THE ONE!