When [Jesus] saw [the ten men who had leprosy], 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.
Faith to Give Thanks
Ten men had been miraculously healed by Jesus. Nine never bothered to say, “Thank you.” But, before we point our fingers too quickly, we would do well to honestly assess our attitudes about all that God has done for us. It is easy to be like the lepers who went on their way—to be so busy enjoying God’s blessings that we fail to say, “Thank you.” What are some blessings for which you never, or have rarely given God thanks—legs that walk, eyes that see, lungs that breathe, a family that loves, friends that care? Or, how about the forgiveness God grants for Jesus’ sake, even for the sin of being less than thankful for his blessings?
When you take the time to consider the countless blessings the Lord has showered on you, it will move you to take the time to thank him for those blessings. That’s what the Samaritan leper did. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him.
Why not do the same today? Throw yourself at Jesus’ feet and thank him. Thank him for as many blessings as you can think of. You may be surprised how long the list is. And, you will be all the more grateful for all of his gifts.
Lord Jesus, thank you. Amen.