From the Desk of Prophet Richard Owusu
In today’s fast-paced world, most people seem to not have time to show gratitude for little things with the excuse of work, traffic, family, soccer practice, doctor’s appointments, and countless number of things. We all seem to have no time to thank others, nor to thank God for our everyday life.
“And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”
Verse 14: “And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.”
Verse 15: “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,”
Verse 16: “And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.”
Verse 17: “And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?”
Verse 18: “There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.”
Exposition: Of the ten lepers, only one returned to thank Christ. Think of that statement. Only one of the ten thanked God for healing them of an awful disease. Notice Christ’s rhetorical question in verse 17. Understanding the characteristics of human nature, He perfectly understood why the others had not returned to thank Him. They felt it was due them hence no need to thank Jesus for their healing, even if you deserve it, don’t forget to say a simple thank you.
Motivation for this subject matter can be found in 2 Timothy 3:1-2 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.”
Golden rule: Matthew 7:12 “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
Judges 9:17-18 “For my father fought for you, and adventured his life far, and delivered you out of the hand of Midian. And ye are risen up against my father’s house this day, and have slain his sons, threescore and ten persons, upon one stone, and have made Abimelech, the son of his maidservant, king over the men of Shechem, because he is your brother.”
Judges 9:22-24 “When Abimelech had reigned three years over Israel, then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech. That the cruelty done to the threescore and ten sons of Jerubbaal might come, and their blood be laid upon Abimelech their brother, which slew them; and upon the men of Shechem, which aided him in the killing of his brethren.
Old Testament References: Psalm 103:2 “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”
Paul’s command to true Christians (1) “Rejoice evermore.”(2) “Pray without ceasing.” (3) “In everything give thanks.
Always remember that ingratitude is a deadly sin. God directly calls it evil. An ungrateful attitude is something that most are unaware that they have, but everyone else sees. It is a deep character flaw. Although few will tell you about it, ingratitude sticks out like a sore thumb.
Prophet Richard Owusu
Gethsemane Ministry Inc.