Will You Be the One to Say Thanks?
When Jesus healed ten lepers, only one returned to Him to say thanks. When we read this story recorded in Luke 17:11-19, we find it hard to believe the other nine who had this dreaded disease did not bother to return to say thanks and give praise to God.
Question: Do we?
As we race through life, do we take the time to return to Jesus to say thanks and give God praise? For those of us who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, let’s not forget: We were lost and destined for hell, but Jesus took away our sin, changed our lives, instilled within us purpose, and promises that we have eternity with Him in Heaven. We have much to be thankful for.
Consider: Will you offer thanks this week?
1. Thank Jesus: If Jesus has taken away your sin and given you forgiveness and purpose through your relationship with Him, be sure to thank Him this week for saving you.
2. Thank your family: If your parents are still alive, thank them. If you are married, thank your spouse. If you have children, thank them. If you have influential grandparents in your life, thank them. If you have siblings you are close to, thank them. If you have other relatives that have impacted your life, thank them.
3. Thank your employer: Having a job should never be taken for granted. Always be thankful for your employer. What a blessing to know that you receive income for the work you do for the good of others. Saying thank you in the workplace will set you apart.
4. Thank your friends: Friends are one of the great joys of life. Take a few moments this week to thank some friends who are special to you.
5. Thank your church: What a great blessing it is to be part of a spiritual family. A spiritual family is with us through the storms and joys of life. What a blessing it is to know our spiritual family will pray us through the most difficult times in life.
Final words: This week, be like the one leper who returned to Jesus to thank Him and give Him praise. The phrase “Thank you” is one of the most powerful in the English language. This week, let’s use it. Thank you for taking time to read these thoughts today.
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