As a community of followers of Jesus we want to recognise that one of the key ways that our faith is expressed is through the practice of thankfulness. Researchers suggest that gratitude can make people happier, enrich relationships be good for our physical health, and counteract depression. How might we make thankfulness a priority in our lives in a new way today?
BE THANKFULMessage by Josh Mutter – October 11, 2020
Luke 17:11-19 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “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. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
WHAT WILL WE DO WHEN WE RECOGNIZE A GOOD GIFT FROM GOD?
THANKFULNESS IS AN EXPRESSION OF OUR FAITH.
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
1. Morning, Noon & Evening Prayer
2. Record what we are thankful for (Resource: Presently App)
3. Reflect on the practices of thankfulness (Devotional: Practicing Gratitude Devo)
About Josh Mutter: Josh Mutter is the Lead Pastor at Westheights Community Church. Josh is married to Michelle and they have two very busy little boys named Silas & Isaac. Josh enjoys long walks on the beach and smooth jazz – well, not really. But he does enjoy time with his family, spending time outdoors, watching baseball, sipping coffee and reading a good book.