These thoughts on Thanksgiving come from reading Luke 17:11-19. In this section of Scripture we see an interesting event in the life of Christ. It caused me to ask myself if I am truly thankful for all God has done for me.
This story from the life of Christ surrounds ten lepers. These were men who had an incurable skin disease. They came to Jesus for a miracle and were not disappointed.
In these verses, we see everything needed for obtaining the blessing of God. There’s faith, obedience, and expectancy. Jesus’ response to them is simple.
When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
There was no special religious display. The Lord didn’t touch them or even pray over them. He simply gave them a task to complete.
Then, something unexpected happened. As they were on their way to the priests, their healing was completed. By the time they got there, the leprosy was totally gone.
But that wasn’t the only unexpected occurrence that day.
One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.
On the way to the priests, one of the men sees what’s happening to him. As he experiences his healing, he turns around. He begins to make his way back to Jesus.
As he does so, he starts yelling. The literal Greek uses the words mega-phone. This was not a quiet thankfulness of the heart. His actions must have attracted attention. And what’s more, he didn’t even care who heard him. He wanted to praise God because of His blessing.
What this passage taught me is that thankful people live out loud for the Lord. This is not just a church thing, but a lifestyle of praise to God.
That’s why I believe Thanksgiving is more than just “Turkey Day” or “Football Day.” It’s about what God has done for us. Even the disciples of Christ caught hold of this.
When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen…
This is a normal response to the hand of God at work. It doesn’t mean you have to yell all the time. What it does mean, is that God’s work should be abundantly evident in your life.
Question: What are you thankful to God for? Are you willing to let people know about it?
© Nick Zaccardi 2012