THE 4 A’s OF THANKSGIVING PART 2
Luke 17: 11-17 -11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
In the corporate environment, messages are mostly passed across by electronic email, memos and letters, when one has received information through any of these means, it is then required of the recipient to acknowledge receipt, that is give evidence that the information indeed got to you.
Now looking at this, we can liken it to when a prayer has been answered. You have been praying for a particular thing, and then not long afterwards or maybe after a long while, you receive an answer, we all know that God will not come down himself to bless us, so the answer comes through a fellow human being, perhaps an uncle, a friend, your boss etc and then you thank this person profusely, and you even pray fervently for them. Now that this prayer has been answered, and you are fulfilled in this regard, you move on to the next one.
This picture is very familiar, God is waiting for many to acknowledge what he has sent to them, prayers that have been answered, but we focus on the messengers and not the source, as a matter of fact, we focus on the messenger of the last answer to our prayer for the next one. We forget to thank the one who really blessed us.
God is the source of all things, those who he blesses us through are just messengers. Acknowledging God himself and the things he has done for us is acceptance of the truth of His existence and capabilities. We should give thanks to God for whatever it is we have received, whether we prayed for it or not, It is through him that all things come.
Your thanksgiving is your word of acknowledgement to God.
For further study:
Hebrews 11:6, 1Corinthians 4:7
Personal declaration for the day:
Lord , acknowledge and thank you for your goodness to me.
Questions for you to reflect on:
Is there something God has done in which you have not acknowledged him for?