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Thanks for What: Close the Distance

by in Soul Food

"Jesus asked, 'Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?' " (Luke 17:17-18)

Before they were healed of their leprosy, the ten could not get close to Jesus. The law required lepers to stay at a distance because their disease was so contagious. They had to yell their request to Him.

But then Jesus healed them and removed the barrier of disease between Him and them. Still, just one of them took advantage of his newfound freedom to move close to the Son of God. Only one of them shouted his praise to God and threw Himself at Jesus' feet.

It should break our hearts a little to hear Jesus ask, "Where are the other nine?" Partly, it makes us sad because we can see ourselves in their ungrateful sandals running away from Jesus after receiving the gift of a brand new clean life in Him.

Thanksgiving is one of the best ways of moving closer to God. And James wrote that every time we move closer to God, He moves closer to us. Why not use the freedom you've been given as a Christian to throw yourself at the feet of the Savior in gratitude for being cleansed from your sin and made brand new forever?

Think: What are some reasons we would not want to be closer to God? Does trying to keep Him at a distance ever lead to anything good in our lives? Does it ever make you sad when you realize you've been moving away from Him instead of moving closer?

Pray: Ask God to help you to recognize the good He has done for you and to respond by moving closer to Him in praise and thanksgiving.

Do: Notice this weekend how intentionally telling God thanks for the good in your life makes you feel closer to Him.

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