Now thanks be to God for His indescribable gift [which is precious beyond words]!
2 Corinthians 9:15 AMP
There is a gift that Paul describes here as something overwhelming. John 3:16 says that God loved the world that He gave... I am convinced that God is a loving and giving God. Believers who put their trust in God will also express a heart of love and generosity.
Thanksgiving adds a dimension to every gift given. It not only expresses gratefulness, but also is the open door to further surprises. This point is best illustrated in Luke’s gospel chapter 17 verses 11-19. It is a story about ten lepers who approach Jesus out of desperation and desire for change
The lepers’ request was clear and simple. They wanted healing from a horrible condition. Jesus gave to them the healing that they so desired in an instant. Jesus, in accordance to the law, told them to go show the priest that they had been healed.
The story speaks of one who turned back to thank Jesus and he was a Samaritan. This man was so overwhelmed, so very grateful for his healing that he could not leave Jesus without thanking Him.
Gratitude is always appreciated and in this case the scripture noted it: nine men went on their way without returning and one man returned to give thanks. Jesus asked the question, Where are the others? The Jewish men who had been healed had not returned; but the least likely, the Samaritan, turned around, came back, and said thank you. The point is so clear here. When we take time to give glory to God, often it sets us up to receive something further.
The King James bible says, thy faith has made you whole. There is a difference between healing and wholeness. The other nine were healed of their disease. It was completely eradicated from their bodies. No longer would they suffer with no sense of feeling in their extremities. There was no more damaging their hands, feet, ears, or nose.
They now were forever changed. Yet this one man returns to give thanks and Jesus says, your faith has made you whole. The word whole means with nothing missing. All the ravages of the disease: the missing limbs, deformed extremities are now completely replaced as though he had never had the disease.
I believe that when we practise thanksgiving we not only get healed completely, but there is wholeness that comes back into our life as though it had never happened.
This is so meaningful today when so many people have been damaged especially emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. The damage is very clear to the sufferer. May I suggest to you that Jesus not only heals you of it; but when we practise thanksgiving, He eradicates the damage done.
I would like to suggest that the one who practises thanksgiving will experience at a deeper level that all signs of whatever happened to them can and will abade. This is so encouraging for many who have been through unspeakable things. Events that no one else knows about. Imagine coming to a place in your life where there are no more signs of hurt, woundedness, depression, addiction.
At this Christmas season let’s all practise a thankful heart. Express it with your mouth so you can bless yourself and allow your thankfulness to bless others.