Be Thankful

Read: Luke 17:1-9

By: Pastor Brent Roll

“A spirit of thankfulness is one of the most distinctive marks of a Christian whose heart is attuned to the Lord. Thank God in the midst of trials and every persecution.”

Billy Graham

As you were growing up, if your parents were anything like mine, they probably told you to be thankful for what you have. If you were anything like me growing up, they probably had to remind you of this important truth several times.

Whether we are young or old it can be hard to slow down and take time to be thankful for what we have. In Luke Chapter 17 we find a perfect example of this.

We read about 10 men with leprosy that cried out to Jesus to heal them. Jesus healed them of their leprosy because of their faith. Jesus told them to go show the priest what had happened to them and off they all went.

But only one of them turned around to say thank you to Jesus. The others were simply to busy to take the time to thank Jesus for what He had done for them.

The question for us is this: which one are we?

Are we the ones that were too busy to turn around and thank Jesus for what he has done in our lives? Or are we like the one who took the time to be thankful?

When we look at our lives we have so much to be thankful for. God has done so much for us!

During this Lent Season, we are especially thankful for what Jesus did for us when He went to the cross for our sins.

I was reminded of this when I was listening to music on my phone just the other day. The song titled “Scars” by I Am came on and I wanted to share some of the lyrics with you.

I’m thankful for Your scars

‘Cause without them I wouldn’t know Your heart

And with my life, I’ll tell of who You are

So forever I am thankful

I’m thankful for the scars

We have so much to be thankful for! Jesus paid the ultimate price for us. Thankfulness is still a choice though.

So I will ask you the question again. When we think back to our Bible passage, which one are you? Are you the one that was too busy to turn around and thank Jesus for what He has done in your life? Or are you like the one who took the time to be thankful?

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