I think that God desires us as followers to display the attitude of gratefulness every day and in every way. Once our lives are touched with God’s incredible grace, mercy and love through Jesus, there should not be a day that passes where we do not give him thanks. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 instructs us to be thankful in all circumstances. Even when we are struggling with trials and difficulties, we still need to think beyond them and be thankful that God is involved in our lives.
We need to remember the story of the ten lepers. Jesus passed through a village one day and was met by ten lepers who desperately longed to be healed (Luke 17:11-19). They cried out to him, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us.” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” As they went, they were cleansed. One of them, seeing he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice and threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. He was the only one who came back to Jesus to thank him.
Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God?” Are we like the nine who fail to return to Jesus and thank him? Basically they loved the blessing of healing, but failed to be thankful. Or are we like the one, who does return and praises and thanks Jesus for all that he has done.
What is the pattern in your life? In your family? Are you marked with ingratitude? You want God’s amazing grace, but you keep looking for more, but never return to give thanks? Or are you marked with gratefulness and praise, constantly returning to Jesus?
We have an opportunity right now to begin to display gratitude with Jesus. It does not depend on the circumstance you are in, but simply takes a moment to begin to tell him that you are thankful for all He has done. Make sure you are like the one, not the nine.
With gratitude in my heart for all that Jesus has done and is doing!