GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST!
Merry Christmas! It’s such a beautiful time of the year with all the colorful lights, cheerful decorations, delicious foods and precious memories made with those we love. Most precious of all, celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, JESUS! We remember how He came to this earth to deliver us from sin so we could have eternal life. Hallelujah! If God never did another thing for us, we should forever be thankful! But especially this time of year, there are many that are down and discouraged because they are focusing on the things they don’t have. When we choose to focus on what we do have, the result is a heart full of gratitude and joy.
“As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” Luke 17:11-18
In the passage above, it required faith for these lepers to start walking to show themselves to the priests before they saw the leprosy healed. So as they went in child-like obedience to Jesus’ instructions, their miracle manifested and they were completely healed! But only one returned to thank Jesus for what He had done. It was a Samaritan. He didn’t understand covenant with God (His Word) but he had a grateful heart. Jesus said when he returned to give thanks, he gave glory to God. Please understand that in order for our lives to glorify God, we must be thankful. Remember, there is no gray area. WE ARE EITHER THANKFUL OR UNTHANKFUL! Being thankful requires us to first acknowledge the goodness, kindness, mercy, grace and patience of God. We understand there’s NO WAY we could get our breakthrough without Him. James 4:6 says that “God gives grace to the humble.” If we want more grace, we must ACKNOWLEDGE His help and EXPRESS our gratitude. Its pride when we don’t acknowledge the Lord did it with thinking such as, “We worked so hard, we were so smart, we did the right thing or we know how to pray…” NO, HE DID IT ALL!
A humble heart is a thankful heart. When others compliment us, Christi and I have added this phrase to our vocabulary, “The Lord helped us.” We don’t want to give credit to our prayers or our faith. We know we’re not the ones who did it. The Lord did it and He gets all the credit! This holiday season, let’s make the quality decision together to give God more glory than ever before by humbling ourselves before Him and choosing to have a thankful heart. We choose to boldly express our gratitude to the Lord knowing that a hurting world around us needs to hear how good He is!
Don’t forget to watch daily reminders of His goodness on Church on the Run on our FREE APP or Facebook page! All of our faith resources are available on www.mylon.org and make the BEST Christmas gifts! What better gift to truly benefit someone’s life than the Word of God? Or maybe you are being led to sow a special seed this month? A gift of gratitude to the Lord for His faithfulness throughout the year. As you sow, please be encouraged that TOGETHER, we will reach a million souls for the kingdom! You will share in the same reward for all eternity for every life you help us reach through your agreement in prayer and financial support. Keep Rejoicing in the Lord! Stay Thankful!
MERRY CHRISTMAS, WE LOVE YOU!
Mylon and Christi