There’s a passage from Luke 17 that records Jesus healing ten men of leprosy.
Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan (vv. 15–16).
There is much we can learn from this man who returned to give thanks to the Lord for His blessing.
First, he came loudly.He couldn’t contain his gratitude. This occasion called for an unrestrained, extreme, public display of thanks.
Second, he came close. Verse 12 says the ten lepers “stood at a distance” from Jesus. Lepers were ceremonially defiled and weren’t allowed to come close to those who were “clean.” The healed leper, however, “fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks” (v. 16). He was the only one of the ten who ever got close to Jesus. Gratitude places us in close proximity to Christ, where we experience the fullness of His redeeming power and enjoy the blessing of His presence.
Third, he came from a distance. “He was a Samaritan” (v. 16). This man had never known the true God until Jesus came into his world and transformed his life. After being separated from Jesus by a religious, cultural, and physical gulf, he loved what he saw in Jesus. Gratitude will draw you close to Jesus.
God, I want to be like the one healed leper who returned to give thanks for what Jesus had done. You have worked in my life, healing my sin-stricken soul just as You healed the leper of his physical disease. I come back to You again, with loud praise for redeeming me and healing me. I draw close to You, fall at Your feet, and proclaim Your power and goodness over my life. Thank You!
Gratitude in Action: Look for an opportunity today to thank the Lord for what He has done in your life—aloud, and in the presence of others. You may feel a bit awkward if you’re not accustomed to praise Him in this way. But think about how you express yourself when you are enthused or earnest about something in another realm of your life—like getting engaged, receiving a promotion at work, or your kid’s soccer game.
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