Thankful For Every Gift

15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16 and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 And He said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” ~ Luke 17:15-19

Jesus had just healed ten lepers, yet when one returned to Jesus and thanked Him, Jesus told him his faith made him well. Keep in mind the man was already healed, so what healing was Jesus talking about? If we go to the original Greek, we get the word SOZO, which means delivered in every way. The man wasn’t just physically healed; he was emotionally, spiritually, psychologically healed. He wasn’t a Jew, yet because he saw the miracle he received, he went back and thanked Jesus, and he received even more than before.

Sometimes, when we have been in Church for a long time, we forget to be thankful for the little miracles. We forget to take time out for God just to thank Him for all that He’s done for us. We become like the nine Jewish lepers, becoming almost entitled. We forget that God has saved each of us from the same filth. We didn’t deserve it. We weren’t entitled to it. We did nothing to earn it. It was a gift of grace from God, and each and every day is a gift. When we forget to thank God for the little things, we miss out on experiencing the big gifts of God.

LORD God, please forgive me for overlooking Your great unfailing grace and love that I don’t deserve. Thank you for each and every gift, blessing, and miracle that I’ve received, known and unknown. Thank you for keeping me safe each night and waking me up each morning. Thank you for giving me life, and please help me to run the race set before me that I might enjoy eternal life with You one day. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

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