On the way home it was snowing and I was driving really slow and reflecting on the past few years. There are situations in my life that I have prayed about over and over and I feel like the Lord is just telling me to be still. It has been a long, difficult season for many reasons and today the frustration just spilled over and reminded me that my hope is in the Lord, and that only He can love me perfectly.
Be still, Angie. I am in control. I see you and I know you…
I would love to ask for your prayer today. My spirit is heavy with the weight of life and although I am rejoicing, it’s just been a hard day emotionally. I wanted to re-post something that I spoke about at a retreat several months ago…it was published on the (in)courage website in November as well as on several twitter links, so if you have already read it, I apologize. I just wanted to share it with you because I know it’s a message I need to remind myself of today…I pray it blesses you and encourages you to chase after the Lord as one who knows what true gratitude looks like…
I’ve felt called to spend some time studying gratitude in an effort to work on my own negative tendencies and the Lord recently gave me an amazing glimpse into Scripture.
In Luke Chapter 17, Jesus is traveling to Jerusalem when He hears ten men with leprosy calling out to Him in desperation. Most likely, they didn’t expect a response, but they were used to announcing their ailment whenever anyone walked by.
Jesus did respond, and He instructed them to show themselves to the priests. It says that as they walked, they were cleansed.
The Greek word for cleansed in this passage is “katharizo,” and it means “to cleanse by curing.”
After they are healed, one of them recognizes that he is not leprous anymore (the Greek for healed in this passage is “iaomai” which means to be cured) and goes back to thank Jesus.
So all of them are not leprous anymore but only one has returned to thank the Lord.
Upon falling at Christ’s feet, Jesus tells him to “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17:19)
I was intrigued by the fact that while the rest of the Greek words refer to healing of a sickness, only the leper who returns is told that he has been made well.
So what is the difference?
Actually, quite a bit.
The original meaning of the word “well” in this passage is “sozo,” and it means more than a physical healing.
It means that in the Biblical sense, the man was saved.
It seems gratitude is an intimate part of our salvation. This doesn’t mean that our salvation is earned by it, but it does challenge us to think about how we are living out that gift every day.
I want to encourage all of us to fall at His feet in gratitude, if for no other reason than that we are “sozo.” Loved from before the beginning of time.
Let’s be like the leper who returns in shameless gratitude, spilling out our thanks as we lay at His feet.
After all, He has made us well.
I want to be the one in ten.
***If you don’t frequently visit the (in)courage site, I highly recommend it…LOVE these ladies!!!