I was doing some pretty intense reading and I came to the conclusion that it may very well be probable that only one in ten people will actually be thankful for this year. In fact, according to previous results of the moving of God, the one person who gives glory to God may not even be a regular churchgoer!
“What?” You might say. I’m not a statistics guy, but I’ve noticed a trend. Well, not a trend, but just one instance in the Bible. In Luke 17, Jesus is called to by ten lepers. They ask Jesus to make them clean. Now, I want you to know something that I was told by a friend, who knows a Jewish guy. Apparently, the Jews had devised among themselves that there were certain things that the Messiah, and only the Messiah, could do. One of them was healing a leper.
These lepers were actually saying that they believed that Jesus was the Messiah. That’s a pretty big deal seeing that most of the Jews thought he was just a prophet.
So after the lepers asked for cleansing, Jesus recognized their faith, and told them to go to the priests and get medically examined. But of course the lepers were still lepers. These men stood strong in faith. Even though they weren’t clean, they left anyway.
And guess what! “As they went, they were cleansed.” – Luke 17:14
“And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?” – Luke 17:15,17
Look at this, only one guy told Jesus thanks. Out of 10 guys!
I know I said this was only one instance, but it does seem to be a trend. Most people aren’t thankful.
Maybe these lepers thought that they had earned their healing by their faith. Maybe they thought that they had comin’ for all their good deeds. Maybe they were “just lookin’ out for #1.” Whatever the reason, they didn’t turn back. They didn’t give thanks.
At the close of this year, we have much to be thankful for. No matter how much we may have “worked for” everything we have. God has given us everything. He gave us our every ability and equipped us to do all that is necessary. Let us not be like the nine who took what was given them and went on their merry way.
Let us turn back, remember where we have come from, and thank the God of heaven for all He has given us.
Let us give thanks!