Looking back and thanking God
Leonard Henry Contributing columnist
Luke 17:14,15 says “And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God.”
This is the story of the 10 lepers who stood afar but lifted up their voices and cried these words “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” Saints of God, no matter how long you have been saved, you and I are still standing in need of God’s mercy more now than ever before in our lives.
When was the last time you thanked Jesus for just grace and mercy alone?” If it took God’s grace and mercy to get you and I saved, then it’s going to take it to see us through these trying times that we’re living in. It was (past) and has (present) been nobody but God who has watched and kept you and I. Notice that 10 were healed but only one turned back to give God the praise. As Thanksgiving Day has come and gone many will move on into the next holiday season with ungrateful hearts towards our God who provides. Just like the nine lepers who got caught up in the blessing more that the blesser, as do many of God’s people do today. It’s great to be blessed by the Lord, but what he blesses you to have should not take first priority in your life. The Bible speaks about serving or worshiping the creation (material things/blessings) more than the creator, our God.
I love the fact that this one leper turned back and gave thanks to God for what he did in his life. Not only that, the Bible says he did it with a “loud voice” which kills the fact that church be should quiet. Oh when you know that God did it and he, alone, could only do it, you can’t keep quiet.
When the Lord has touched you or worked out somethings in your life, how can you keep quiet about it? Some people say it doesn’t take all that noise to praise God, well that may be you and if that’s how you feel then that’s cool, but I not ashamed of Jesus and what he has done in my life.
It bothers me when Christian men and women can go to a sporting event and yell their lungs out at a ball team, and yet get in church on Sunday and don’t say anything. That’s a major problem I believe that only the Holy Spirit can help them fix. I am not going to give all my lungs to a ball team nor person, Jesus Christ who created me will have some of this breath I breathe. Jesus healed this man and he let it be known to all who was around him, he made sure his priorities were in order.
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