DO NOT OWE GRATITUDE
Luke 17:14-16 And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned with a loud voice glorifying God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan."
Insight and Highlight
Reverent gratitude is authentic gratitude.
Do not owe God, so also do not owe a heartfelt thank you to someone.
Jesus teaches that most times the people who appreciate you are people you would ordinarily not expect to do so. They would not be anybody who could be expected to do so. Often times they are the ones you do the least favor. Most people you do good to, often betray gratitude.
The healed but now made whole leper was a Samaritan. This means he was not one expected or one least expected.
Jesus referred to the Samaritan calling him "...this stranger", Luke 17:18. The Jews were better expected to come to appreciate Jesus. Their attitude was an act of ungratefulness and they may also be construed as being too familiar to say thank you.
There is a well-known maxim that goes "familiarity breeds contempt". We see this most rampant among the Jews in Jesus' days. Jesus said in Mark 6:4 (NLT) "A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.”
It is a common charge to today's believers that we are so familiar with miracles that we take them as something God has no choice but to give us.
Do not owe God, gratitude.
A man who is down will appreciate the importance of getting up. Do not wait until you are down. Thank God today, keep on thanking Him
Call To Word Action
Familiarity often robs us of wonders.
When we are too familiar with God's wonders, we tend not to celebrate them as we once did.
The Christian Clarion call
What has Jesus saved you from? Reflect on them. Did you thank Him as you promised you would?
I will never be ungrateful to you, Lord, in Jesus name.
Good morning all and have a blessed day today.
God bless you.