Be Thankful!

Be Thankful!

Thank you is a very common word we use in every day life. We say thank you to show our affection to somebody for doing a favor to us. The real thing what happens here is most of the time we say thank you as a courtesy sake but when we under go in deep troubles we thank people who stood beside us not just courtesy sake but from our heart and that’s the real way of saying thank you.

My question for today is, are we really being thankful in our day today life. Which brings us another question what should we be thankful for. First of all we should be thankful for the life what God given us. Then for the family, relatives friends so on. We should be thankful for all the things God has given us. The food, clothing, house, the possessions etc. We should also be thankful for God keeping us in good health. These are the basic things we need to be thankful for. But is that all?

It is a shame when people tends to forget or not say a word of thanks for the favor and things that they earn from others.

One such incident is shown in Luke 17. Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. 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.” (Luke 17:11-19 NIV).

Here we see ten lepers who came to Jesus and asked him to have mercy on them by healing them, Jesus asked to go to priest and show themselves as by the time they reach the priest they will be healed and it was a custom in ancient Israel for a leper to be clean he had to be checked by a priest. And so the ten lepers obeyed as Jesus told them and started there way to meet the priest and on there way they got healed. And when they saw they got healed only one of the lepers bothered to come back all the way he went and thanked Jesus for the miracle he did in his life. It’s a truth all ten got healed but only bothered to be thankful. Let’s not be like the nine but the one who came back to thank Jesus for what He did in his life.

Sometimes we really underestimate the vastness of God’s love. For instance we never say thank you God for providing the fresh air free of cost but when we get admitted in hospital and when Oxygen is given externally we know the value of air we breathe free of cost everyday. Likewise food, clothing and so on.

But is that all? God protects us by his mighty hands which we can’t see with our naked eyes. Haven’t it occurred to you at times when you were driving the other car was about to hit you but you had a narrow escape or at work some heavy thing could have fallen on you but fell just beside you for a fraction of second? You thought you were lucky or it was a coincidence but it was God who protected you from such calamities.

See in Job chapter 1 we see a testimony of satan to God – Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” (Job 1:8-11 NIV). See God has kept a huge defense around us to protect us from the hands of evil.
Another portion – When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:15-17 NIV).

See his amazing ways to protection.
Again see in Peters life satan asked Jesus’s permission to test Peter. “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31, 32 NIV). Look how securely God protects us! Things seems all going fine to us but behind the smoothness there is a loving Savior who protects us from evil.
You have to notice that Jesus told Peter this when Jesus already knew Peter was going to betray him three times that night. See the very next verse – But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.” (Luke 22:33, 34 NIV).

See what a loving savior Jesus we have. Even when we were not faithful God didn’t take of his protection off from us but continues to protect us as it said in Mathew 23:37 and Luke 13:34 says “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. What a loving God we have? Are we thankful to this God?

Let me point out one more instance from Luke-13: Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “ ‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’ ” (Luke 13:6-9 NIV). Therefore let’s be more thankful to God for extending our lives by not cutting us down but by adding another year in our lives even when we were not fruitful as he was expecting from us.

Above all let’s be thankful for the amazing and precious love of God who gave his one and only son Jesus who was living in all splendor in heaven but choose to come down to this wrecked earth for saving us from the bondages of sin!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:5-8 NIV)

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9 NIV)

Therefore let’s be more thankful to God in our daily lives and let’s follow as how God wants us to be as it said in 1 Thessalonians 5- “And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:14-18 NIV).”
May God Bless You!

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