Luke 17:15–16 Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan.
I know we don’t hear it often these days but saying “thank you” is still polite. I can’t remember overhearing a parent urge their child to say “thank you” in a long time. Even in this season of Christmas we see little gratitude for the gifts we’ve given or received. A handwritten thank you note seems to be a dying art. This passage reminds me to be thankful, to say “thank you” to the Lord and remember that all gifts come from Him.
Apparently, gratitude only filled one out of ten men that Jesus healed that day and he was the foreigner! Unfortunately, that statistic in our day would be similar or perhaps worse. Gratitude came first and then glory to God for the gift of healing. All it took was a look at Jesus and a shout of praise. I hope many of us will look unto Jesus with gratitude and glory to the newborn King this season.
Don’t take what you have been given so lightly. Being grateful is looking to Jesus. Being grateful should bring praise to our lips. Being grateful acknowledges the Giver.
Today what has the Giver given to you?
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Acting Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.