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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Inspired by . . . Grateful Series I: Be the one

11 On the way to Jerusalem {Jesus} He was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12And as He entered a village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”14When He saw them He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 15Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19And He said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:11-18

We don’t hear much about leprosy these days, although it certainly exists. It is a horrendous painful disease. Just being cured of leprosy would be enough to warrant praise and worship. But being rid of a disease was not all these ten men gained from meeting Jesus that day.
In Jesus’ day lepers were banished outside of the city gates. They could not worship in the temple. They could not make sacrifices for their sins. They were separated from their families and had to stay at least a hundred yards away from other people.
Being healed meant their entire lives were restored.
Jesus literally gave them their lives back.
You know the story. Ten were healed. But only one returned to give Jesus praise and thanksgiving.
It’s easy to judge the ten, but let’s focus on the one.
If you’re a believer, Jesus has done for you what He did for these lepers.
He has given you a brand new life.
Restored - redeemed.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Gal 2:20
Will we be the one? the one who grows a daily habit of gratefulness on the realization of what God has done?


Be the one.


*Thoughts inspired by the I’m Grateful reading plan at Bible.com

Sharing inspiration here:
Playdates with God, Testimony Tuesday, #TellHisStory,
Thought Provoking Thursday, Grace & Truth, Weekend Whispers,
Inspire Me Monday, RaRa Link Up, Intentional Tuesday,
#WordswithWinter, Titus 2 Tuesday, Thoughtful Thursdays,
Encourage Me Monday, Wholehearted Wednesday,
Women with Intention Wednesdays, Word Filled Wednesday,
#GiveMeGrace, Still Saturday, #write31days

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