How many times, do we receive, freely, goodness from God, and unfortunately, we do not say thank you? God has been extremely gracious and merciful to us, on a daily basis, and we rarely recognize it.
We are meditating on a story that we find in Luke 17:11-19. Jesus encounters ten lepers. They cry out and ask for mercy. Jesus sends them to the priests. On their way they are healed. The sad part of the story is that only one, a Samaritan, came back to thank Jesus.
Last week, we learned the first step to have a thankful heart. Today, we will learn the next two steps.
2 – RECOGNIZING JESUS’ ATTITUDE
The next step to have a thankful heart is to recognize Jesus’ attitude. The Bible tells us that He was on His way to Jerusalem when he decided to enter in that village. He came in for those lepers. When they cried out, he just said this: “Go show yourselves to the priests.”
When we recognize our situation; when we recognize that we are lost, that is when Jesus comes to our life. At that time, we will be ready to accept him and surrender everything to him. We will believe in Him and in His words. We will obey Him, and do whatever He asks us to do.
These men were far from Jerusalem, maybe they had a priest nearby, we don’t know, but they had to trust in Jesus to walk toward the priest. They knew that something would happen to then, because Jesus was the one that said, “Go…”
Jesus came to save us. The Bible says that He was on His way to Jerusalem. There He would be crucified and die for us. The Bible says that because of His death our sins are forgiven. Because of His blood we are reconnected with God. Jesus came to transform our lives, and to give us a new heart.
3- RECOGNIZING THE MIRACLE
If you come this far and don’t take the last step, it won’t do it any good. You can recognize your condition, you can recognize Jesus’ attitude, but if you don’t recognize the miracle you won’t be able to stop, turn back, and come to His presence to praise Him and worship Him with sincere gratitude.
This is the biggest challenge that we as a people that grew up in a church face today. We simply cannot realize that something extraordinary occurred in our life. Unless we recognize that a wonderful miracle happened in our lives, we won’t be able to come back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God, I’m healed!” and worship Him.
A thankful heart demands the recognition of the miracle. We must realize that Jesus changed us. We must realize that we are forgiven. We must realize that we were lost but now we are found. That recognition will change our whole attitude in life, in the church, and in the worship. That will affect all aspects of our lives. We won’t be the same after that.
That Samaritan man was the only one that heard from Jesus: “Stand up and go. Your faith has made you well.” Other versions say: “Your faith saved you.”
My friend, if your heart is hurt, broken, and dirty, bring it to Jesus. He can give you a new heart. He can change your whole life. He is the only one who can perform a miracle in your heart. After that, you will be a new person, you will have a new life, and you will be thankful.
Have a blessed week,