One Grateful Person

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Luke 17:11-19 ESV

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.”

As I was contemplating this scripture passage about the ten lepers, in prayer before my Lord, what he brought to mind is this passage of scripture:

Matthew 22:14 ESV: “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Our Lord Jesus died on a cross so that we could be healed of our sin condition (our spiritual leprosy), and he pointed the way to his cross, and to deliverance from sin by his grace, through faith alone. And, many people professed faith in Jesus Christ, too, and they were all too happy to receive his grace and his forgiveness of sin, but then they went on their way.

They were called of God to his salvation from sin, but they didn’t really accept the invitation in the way Jesus gave it. They just wanted their sins forgiven and the promise of heaven when they die, but they didn’t really have eyes to see what it means to be healed. So, they took what they felt was their guarantee and they ran with it, but they went their own way. So, they represent the many who were called, but who are not chosen.

SuerecordingBut, the few who were called, and who are chosen, are represented by this single leper. He turned to Jesus Christ truly, and he praised God in a loud voice. Then, he humbled himself before our Lord, and he gave him thanks. And, Jesus told him that his faith had made him well. And, it was his faith which led him to go to Jesus, to praise God with a loud voice, to humble himself before the Lord, and to bow before him, and to give our Lord thanks.Suelistening

So, true thanks to our Lord comes from genuine faith in Jesus Christ that results in us being made spiritually whole. And, this kind of faith turns to Jesus Christ in surrender, it bows before Jesus as Lord, and it humbles itself before him in thanksgiving for what he has done for us, and it results in audible praise of our God, too.

Giving Him Thanks

So, what I am getting from this passage of scripture about this one leper who returned to Jesus to bow down to him, to praise God, and to give our Lord true thanks, is that giving thanks to God is not just mouthing words of thanks. For, if we are truly thankful to Jesus Christ for the healing he has provided for our souls, it should result in obvious signs of praise to him.

SpecialPlace2And, the thanksgiving and praise that God desires is not lip service only. The way in which we show our praise and our thanks to our Lord for what he has done for us is by bowing before him in humility and in surrender to his will for our lives. It is by turning to him and away from sin. And, it is by walking in obedience to his commands in doing what he asks us to do.

Romans 12:1-2 ESV: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

This is the way in which our Lord wants us to give him our thanks and our praise. He Writing Songswants our lives surrendered to him, living holy lives separate from the world and separate unto God, which is acceptable to God. And, this is our spiritual worship of him.

And, we aren’t supposed to go our own way anymore, but we are supposed to turn and follow him, and to go his way. And, we are to discern what God’s will is for our lives and then to do it in his power and strength.

Servant of the Lord

An Original Work / July 26, 2012
Based off Romans 1:1-17

Servant of the Lord;
For the gospel you’re set apart.
Promised through the prophets of old:
Jesus, Son of God.
Through Him, and for His name alone,
We receive His grace
To call people, Him to obey;
Coming from their faith.
Servant of the Lord,
For the gospel you’re set apart.
Promised through the prophets of old:
Jesus, Son of God.

You belong to Christ;
Loved by God, and called to be saints;
Serving God with whole heart and mind;
Preaching Jesus Christ;
Always praying for others’ needs;
Helping hand to lend;
Giving courage to others’ faith,
For the praise of God.
You belong to Christ;
Loved by God, and called to be saints;
Serving God with whole heart and mind;
Preaching Jesus Christ.

Servant of the Lord;
Of the gospel, I’m not ashamed;
For salvation, power of God
To those who have faith.
In the gospel find righteousness:
Being right with God.
Turn from sin, and trust Jesus Christ.
By faith, live in Him.
Servant of the Lord;
Of the gospel, I’m not ashamed;
For salvation, power of God
To those who have faith.

What led me to share this with y’all today is that I was tagged by both Maxine  and Gail , and I was asked to talk about this passage of scripture from Luke 17. And, so I prayed about it, and this is what the Lord led me to share.

I was also asked to share what I am thankful to Jesus for. I could write a book, but I won’t. Obviously the most important thing I am thankful for is that he saved me from my bondage to sin, and that he gave me a new heart to live for him and to do his will, and that he gives me the power and strength and wisdom I need to live for him each day and to do what he has called me to do. For, without him I would be nothing.

I am also thankful that he saw fit to call me to this ministry and to gift me in the many ways in which has gifted me for his praise and for his glory. I don’t deserve any of this! I know that all too well! It is only by God’s grace that I am who I am, where I am, doing what I am doing today for the glory of God. So, all glory, praise and honor goes to my Lord for anything which he accomplishes through my life and through my obedience to Him.

20190203_125827And, I am also thankful for my husband, for my four children, for their spouses, and for my fourteen grandchildren. And I am thankful to the Lord, that although he led us away from here (South Carolina) for three years, that he brought us back so that we can be with our children and with our grandchildren again. I am very blessed!! I know that all too well!20160501_165712

I have also been asked to share a passage of scripture about gratitude that is meaningful to me. I think the one from Romans 12:1-2 will suffice (see quote above).

And, lastly I am to tag others. And, if I tag you, obviously you don’t have to participate, but if you do, I will ask that you also write about Luke 17 and about being thankful (grateful) to our Lord, and that you share what you are thankful to the Lord for, and that you, too, share a scripture on what it means to truly give our Lord thanks for what he has done for us.

So, I am going to tag Nancy and Mandy and Grace. I just ask that you pray about this and see if the Lord would want you to participate in this, and if he would get glory through it.

22 thoughts on “One Grateful Person

  1. PTL! Congrats on your 1 Grateful Person Tag, Sue!
    Look all those pictures! II love them and your beautiful post.
    What a praise filled message, song, poem, and overall post!
    Praying for you my friend. Me and God love you!

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  2. Thanks for sharing in this tag and sharing your heart! I did love all of your sweet pictures and what a wonderful family you have! Let us surrender and humble ourselves before the LORD! HE died for us, for our sins, and we should be thankful for HIS sacrifice! Blessings to you Sue!

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    • Maxine, you are so welcome! All glory to God! I am glad you liked the pictures. My husband took all of those at different times in my life. And, the Lord brought them back to mind when I was writing this, for they illustrated the various points the scripture was making.

      Yes, let us surrender and humble ourselves before the Lord. Amen! And, yes! We need to be so thankful for what he did for us on that cross, and for the sacrifice he made for us so that we could be delivered out of our slavery to sin and walk daily in his righteousness. All glory and praise to God!

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      • Hi Sue……one of my recent tags who was sent to me and sent all around and I know I mentioned you was the One Grateful Person tag. Well, we all heard from the original person angry that somehow through all of it that his name wasn’t mentioned and we all were innocently accused. Anyway, I since have just deleted the post and didn’t know if you replied on it. So I guess ignore it……the funny thing is that we all were grateful in all ways to GOD……HE gets all the credit. Just wanted you to know my friend. I don’t think I will do anything on tags anymore. I always don’t mind if someone changes anything because I know they are giving all the glory to GOD which is why we all write in the first place. Blessings friend.

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      • Yes was sad about the reaction and usually those things are not that big a deal. Funny too cause the person’s site has JESUS in the title but there was no grace extended in his comments. But we all can learn from that yes?

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