Living in Thanks

What are you thankful for? Do you appreciate your job? Do you let your family know that you are glad you have them? Are you appreciative for having good friends? Do you give thanks for healing? Do you let God know you are thankful for His blessings?

We are often thankful for many things, yet don’t really voice it. We understand, somewhere inside of us, that most of us don’t really make anything or grow anything and we are thankful that someone does. We are thankful that we can get what we need at a store.

It is good that most of us are thankful, even if it is hidden somewhere inside. Having a thankful spirit lifts us up and gives us a better outlook on life. We see things a little different than those who are not thankful.

Most of us recognize that God is at work, even if we don’t see Him. We acknowledge from time-to-time that God has done something wonderful in our lives. Again, it is good that we do so. It helps us keep a level head and recognize we are a child of God.

Notice in today’s passage that it was the foreigner who came back to Jesus to fall at His feet. We are the foreigner or outsider when we fall at His feet and give thanks for what He has done for us. We are the exception rather than the rule.

Our society needs to see us being thankful. It needs us to lead the way with thankfulness and demonstrate what it means to be a person of God. As we run to Jesus and thank Him for saving us, for providing for us, for always being with us, we show the world around us a better way of living.

I pray each of us gives thanks for our blessings today. I pray we recognize that everything we have is a blessing. I pray we all recognize that we are a child of God. Be thankful. Set the example for others. Fall at Jesus’ feet and give thanks. Know that you are a child of God. 

Luke 17:17-19 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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