Tuesday, September 30, 2014

+DEV+ Gratitude?

Date: September 30, 2014 12:39 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Gratitude?


"One of them....threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him - and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, Were not all ten cleansed? ...Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" (Luke 17:15-18)

Scripture Focus: Luke 17:11-19

If we were to count all the requests the Lord has granted to us, would they equal all the times we have expressed our gratitude? Probably not. 

Of the ten lepers who asked to be healed by Jesus, all ten took Him at His word. They obeyed His command to show themselves to the priests, even though they had not yet been healed. However, only one returned to say thank you when the healing actually occurred. It's not that the others were ungrateful. They just seemed more concerned with getting on with their lives than they were with honoring the One who made it possible. 

Before we criticize these nine men, perhaps we should examine ourselves. Do we thank the Lord as often as we present our requests? If we spend a month appealing to God for a particular request, do we thank Him for at least that long? Or do we move on to our next appeal, His mercy taken for granted without a second thought? 

Gratitude is not just an attitude. It is an antidote against seeking God's hand without also drawing near to His heart.

Insight: How often do you thank the Lord for His mercy? Add a "gratitude list" to your quiet time and draw near to His heart.

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