Okay – so I promised to write more on world food prices and climate change last week but I’ve had a really busy weekend and didn’t get much writing done. It was the 25th anniversary celebration of my church and I spend the whole day Saturday partying with them. All I can say is, when you get a group 5000+ Arminians together in one place to say Thank-You to God, you’d better be ready to party.
The pastor spoke on gratitude from Luke 17, the healing of ten men with Leprosy.
Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”[Luke 17:11-19]
After he was finished we cleared away the chairs and danced like David (only with more clothes on) until the wee hours of the morning. How many other churches would do that?
You see, when we stop and notice all that God has done in our lives, like that one Samaritan Leper the only appropriate response so the say Thank-You. I’m not saying that the other nine Lepers didn’t notice they had been healed, they were all good men who did what they were told, but they were so caught up in the religious ritual of it that they forgot to thank the one who made it all possible.
When you notice God moving in your life, forget your religious ritual, forget what you were doing before, forget your own plans and just give thanks! And if that means dancing all night with 5000 of your closest friends and church family then dance!