As a Christian, “Is your trust in God so strong that you act on what He says even before you see evidence that it will work?”
We are told in Luke 17:11-19 that the Lord Jesus sent ten lepers to the priest before they were healed—and they went! They responded in faith, and Jesus healed them on the way. One of them (a hated Samaritan), was the only one who returned to Jesus and gave glory to God for his cleansing; the other nine were nowhere to be found. This shows that, sometimes, true evidence alone does not turn a soul toward God. A sinful heart must be convicted of the need of God’s salvation.
Since we are Christ followers, we must trust the Lord in all our ways, and always express gratitude to Him for His abundant blessings (Philippians 4:6). We should not only give thanks to Him for His goodness and great deeds (cf. 1 Chronicles 16:8-36), we should maintain a spirit of constant gratitude to Him in all circumstances—when we hear good news and when we receive bad news—trusting that He is a just God (see Colossians 3:12-17; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; cf. Job 1:20-21).
Giving thanks to God is not a one-time thing because our life is a living sacrifice to God (Romans 12:2). We must not act like the nine lepers who were cleansed and did not return to give glory to God. Thanks should be on our lips every day, for everything that comes our way–whether blessings or trials which can help us grow in our faith–and because we become Christians through God’s unmerited grace or favor, not as a result of any effort, ability, intelligent choice, or act of service on our part (see Ephesians 2:1-10).
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