Are you grateful for the things that have been given to you? I mean really grateful?

In 17th chapter of Luke’s Gospel, the story is told of Jesus healing ten lepers.

Luke 17:11 On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as He entered a village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”

When He saw them He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed.

Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks.

Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”

And He said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

Let’s think about a couple of things from this story. First, there were 10 people who called out to Jesus for help. He healed them all and sent them on their way.

Only one of them turned and went back to Jesus to say thank you and this man was a foreigner.

What does this look like in your life? Are you grateful for the things people do around you? For the kind words? Encouraging emails or texts? For going out of their way to lend a hand?

On the other hand, when you do something for someone else, do you do it to seek praise? Or, do you do it because it is the right thing to do?

Is there a sacrifice you make to help someone else, or is it just part of your daily routine?

In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus teaches us about our attitude in giving. “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

In other words, there will be times that you give to someone and don’t get any appreciation. Was your motive to get appreciation, or was it simply to be a blessing?

Know this, God sees the blessing and His rewards far exceed whatever you can imagine.

Do you find yourself stuck in this or other areas of you life?  Do you need a different set of eyes to help you overcome a roadblock?  Feel free to schedule a time to fisit.  Let’s put our heads together to help you live a more victorious life.

Blessings on your day,

Steve Reed