FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019
It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" Taking a good look at them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests."
They went, and while still on their way, became clean. One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus' feet, so grateful. He couldn't thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus said, "Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?"
Then he said to him, "Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you." When the Son of Man Arrives. Luke 17:11-19
In your journey through this life, you will discover that God passes the blessings He brings your way through channels and those channels are men. For instance, if you have been asking God to improve your finances, He does not answer that prayer by laying stacks of currency note beside your bed while you are sleeping. What He does instead is to connect you to men who will link you to a business or an employment. He may also use men to teach you a trade or sharpen your gifts and skills.
One thing you must do after God has used some persons to bless you is to return to those vessels He used and thank them. By so doing, you keep that channel open. That makes it possible for you to receive from the same channel over and over again. But if you fail to return gratitude to these channels of blessing, you slam the door shut, making it difficult, if not impossible for you to pass through that door again.
We saw in our passage today that Jesus expected gratitude from all the ten lepers He healed. “And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.” (Luke 17:1-19). One thing you will notice is that the one that returned with gratitude was not only cleansed of the leprosy, he was made whole. This points to the truth that whenever you return with gratitude, you mount a ladder that lifts you higher. Make gratitude an attitude and you will be blessed for it.
• Confess your ingratitude and count your blessings.
• Pray for every vessel God has used to bless your life.
• Resolve to show your gratitude and implement it.
I will never take God’s mercy and favour for granted. I will always thank Him and thank men.