Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”

Luke 17:17-18 (NIV)

Behind every complaint, there’s a blessing. There’s nothing you can think of to complain about that, whatever it is, wouldn’t be a blessing to someone else if you thought about it. This is something that occurred to me today when I read about the ten lepers in Luke who were healed by Jesus. Of the ten, only one, a Samaritan, went back to thank God and praise Him.

In Luke 17, when the ten lepers called out, “‘Jesus, Master, have pity on us!’” they did so because they recognized Jesus for who He was and they expected Him to do something about their condition (Luke 17:13). Jesus told the lepers, “‘Go, show yourselves to the priests'”, and off they went (Luke 17:14). As they went, they were cleansed. However, the only one of the ten to turn back and thank Jesus was a Samaritan. That means nine believers just went on their way with no thanks to God.

Often, I think we can take the blessings of God for granted. Even something as commonplace as being able to breathe comes from God. In fact, if you woke up this morning you should be thanking Him. However, if you’re like me you might not realize how much you take for granted. You may be familiar with the parable about the man with no shoes. The man cried about his situation until he met a man who didn’t feet.

What comes to mind is the term, first world problems. If you’re not familiar with this expression, then jump onto your favorite search engine and see what comes up. If you’re like me then you probably think the memes that come up are funny. I also think they reveal exactly what I’m talking about when it comes to complaining and blessing. Let’s take a look at Nick Vujicic.

Nick was born without arms and legs. However, this hasn’t stopped him from being a great man of God who inspires people all over the world. Nick will tell you he’s a blessed man. The reason Nick sees the world the way he does is because of God in his life. When Nick looks at himself he recognizes he doesn’t have arms and legs but he still sees the blessings of God.

Every week my church has a Sunday testimony service. Something I’ve found in myself that I try and curb is the notion that I need to have some sort of grand testimony each week. A new job, car, house, healed body, mind, saved from a burning building, etc. What I like about these services is the children. When the kids stand up they usually thank God for two things.

  1. Waking them up today.
  2. The breath of life.

This is the kind of attitude I’m striving for in my life, and one element I’ve found that is helping me is spending time in prayer thanking God. This kind of prayer has come to dominate my prayer life. Sure, I petition God, like everyone else. However, going through all of the things I’m thankful for each day aligns my mind with Christ and keeps my eyes focused on everything I have instead of those things I do not.

So, wherever you are. Whatever you are doing. Be thankful.

Do you know God? God knows you and He loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, right now, and He wants you to know Him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so that we could be free of guilt, be freed from death, and live eternally with Him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation today:

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.