Have you ever done anything for someone or given a gift and never heard a word of gratitude from the recipient?
The story of the ten lepers is a good example of that. Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem when on the side of the road they stood, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go,show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.” (Luke 17:13) NIV. Shortly afterward, only one of the former lepers came back to give Him thanks, while the others went on relishing in their good fortune without another thought.
However, their thanklessness did not deter Jesus from continuing on His ministry. In fact, shortly after this miracle, we find Jesus healing the blind beggar. Would we be so willing to give of ourselves again? More than that, we should count all things as loss compared to the surpassing excellence of knowing Christ Jesus our Lord! By knowing Him, we experience the joy of giving without expectation, and that my friend is true thankfulness that we can offer as love and devotion to God.
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