Monday, October 4, 2010

Will You Be That ONE?

by Diana Kriesel

Monday, 10/4/10 – Esther 1,2; Psalm 150; Luke 17 - “WILL YOU BE THAT ONE?”

S – Luke 17:15-16 - Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. NASB

O – Jesus had just met ten men who were lepers. They traveled together because they were rejected by society. When they saw Jesus, they begged Him for mercy and He commanded them to go see the priest and when they obeyed, they were all healed. They were to go to the priest to be declared clean and released from their confinement.
Only one of the ten men was so overcome by the mercy of God that his gratefulness caused him to return first to Jesus and thank Him for His gift of healing. More amazing was that the man was a Samaritan: a Samaritan was giving thanks to a Jew! But because he did, this man received an even greater gift; he was saved from his sins. The beautiful thing is that before he did anything else, this man expressed his thanks to the Lord. The fruit of a heart truly touched by God is thanksgiving. He was so grateful for the mercy that cleansed him, he glorified God with a loud voice.

A – The ten men were desperate and impatient to be healed, but once they received it, nine went on their way, with only one expressing gratitude to the Lord. When we are restored from danger, sickness, tragedy, or any of life’s difficulties, do we make it our foremost priority to run to Him and glorify Him and give Him thanks? The one man chose the ultimate posture of worship—he turned back, glorified God with a loud voice and fell on his face giving thanks to Him—and Jesus looked upon him with pleasure and not only was the man healed, he was saved! Sometimes I think we are so excited about the blessing, we forget the sacrifice of worship; of turning back to Him and giving Him glory. I wonder what we are missing when we neglect the sacrifice of praise after we have received a blessing from the Lord.

P – Lord let the spirit of gratitude and worship collide within us so that we are ever aware and ever ready to run to You with a thankful heart, bowing in worship and glorifying You…not just for what You do for us, but for who You are! Let us be that ONE who turns to You and glorifies You!

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