Dear reader, it is with much joy we bring to you the word of God. Let me ask you, are you a grateful person? Do you take time to thank the people God has placed in your life, the place where you work and get your wages from, the suburb you live in, the people God has placed above you, your nationality? It is not easy to be grateful all the time. But this is something we all need to work on. In the scriptures, we read that we are to be thankful in all circumstances. Paul wrote this in the bible at a time when he was facing severe persecution and jail time. The question is, how can we be thankful when we are sick, when we are in lack, when business is slow or when we lose our job or when we are oppressed. But the scripture doesn’t say we are to be thankful for the difficulties but in our difficulties. That means, when we are sick, we thank God for our healing, when we are in lack, we thank God for His provision, when we feel weak, we thank God for His help and strength.
In the Bible (Luke 17 v 11-19), we read how, on the way to Jerusalem, Jesus met ten lepers, who begged Him to heal them. He told them to go and show themselves to the priests. On their way, as they walked, they found themselves healed. But one of them came back to Jesus, was so excited fell, down on his face and thanked Jesus. Jesus was very much aware whom He healed that day, so He asked the man, “Were there not ten healed, so where are the other nine?” Just like this man, God knows all the blessings He has for you, and today He is expecting you to be grateful, just like the one man who came back.
Here are 3 things we can learn from the leper and his gratefulness.
- Our gratitude/thanksgiving should never be a challenge or difficulty that we cannot overcome. It should be a choice. No one told him to be grateful, he wasn’t paid to do so, but on his own accord, he chose to be thankful. Just like his healing, God has given us family, friends’ house, and place to work. We have running water, electricity, and malls to get our groceries from. They are things we can be grateful for. But when we start to take things for granted and forget to be thankful, and we face challenges at work and in our homes. Things go wrong, and we begin to complain about having to go to work, pick up the children, clean the house, etc. This leads us to live our lives in frustration and defeat. Instead, we have to choose to be grateful. Gratitude says, “God, I thank you that I get to go to work because I have a job. I have my own house that I get to clean.” That means when we learn to be grateful, we see the hand of God in our families, at home, and the place where we work, in a new way.
- When you are grateful for what you have, you will end up having more. You attract things you are thankful for, and you move away from things that are no longer part of your destiny. This man, through his gratefulness, was moving away from the leper colony he had lived in for a long time, not only physically but in his mind also. He was getting away from people and distractions that were no longer a part of his future. Instead, he was drawing in God’s goodness, favour, and blessings. In, the same way, when you are grateful for your life, you start living more. When you are thankful for your future, you make right decisions. When you are thankful for your health, you attract right foods. When you are grateful for the people around you, you draw in the right people.
- Being grateful does not mean that everything is necessarily good. It just means that you can accept it as a gift. When you are not happy with what you already have, there is no guarantee that you will be any happier with the things you are trying to get. But once you learn to accept what you have as a gift weather big or small, you are showing that you can be entrusted with greater influence and responsibility. But sometimes we can get caught in a life of comparing on how someone looks or what they possess. Living a life of being grateful means you are comfortable with what you have and what someone else has. You set yourself free from any chains and distractions that are not part of your destiny and future.
God bless you
Ps Joseph Dass