Take A Little Time

thankful leper“There were ten men in the Bible days
They had been sick so very long.
Then one day Jesus passed their way
And when He spoke, their disease was healed that day.
But they all went on their merry, merry way
Only one returned and said,
“I’ve got something, something I just want to say […] Thank you, Lord for all you’ve done for me.”

Those are the lyrics to the first verse of André Crouch’s song, “Take A Little Time.” The song tells the story recorded in Luke 17:11-19 where Jesus heals 10 lepers and only one returns to give thanks to God for what He had done in the man’s life.

We should seek to be like the one, giving thanks to God for all He has done. But too often we’re like the 9: God has done something wonderful for us and we all just go on our merry way. This Thanksgiving season, let’s remember to give thanks to God! Here are 7 reasons to come before God with a heart of thanksgiving:

1. Because of God’s love for the world (John 3:16)

2. Because God showed His love for the world by giving His Son as a sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins (Romans 5:8, 1 John 4:9-10, 2 Corinthians 5:21)

3. Because Jesus died for our sins according to Scripture (1 Corinthians 15:3)

4. Because Jesus was buried and rose again on the third day according to Scripture (1 Corinthians 15:4)

5. Because all who would believe in Him have been reconciled to God in Christ and will be raised to everlasting life (2 Corinthians 5:19, John 6:40)

6. Because, having entrusted us with the message of reconciliation, in Christ, the Holy Spirit indwells believers and equips us to endure all things for His glory (Romans 8:9, 2 Corinthians 5:19, Philippians 4:13)

7. Because we have hope in a future resurrection in Christ whereby just as we have been united with Him in a death like His, we will certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His (Romans 6:8, Corinthians 15:42-44, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17)

Indeed, there are more reasons for which we should be thankful to God. May we never neglect to thank God for all He has done. I also thank God for my family and friends. I am especially thankful for my wife, and my children. I have been blessed beyond measure and I just want to take a little time and thank the Lord for all He’s done for me. Thank you, Lord.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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13 thoughts on “Take A Little Time

  1. What a good reminder! Thank you Lord for all your provisions; for your love and faithfulness. Thank you for your blessings and sacrifices, and so much more. Thank you, Lord for all you’ve done for me.

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  2. We take for granted the “little” miracles that The Lord does for us, focusing on the “big” things. The little things also matter. Thank you Lord for your provisions, perfect timing, your grace and your love.

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  3. To me, this is a great example of how we live. Undeserved prosperity, blessings and forgiveness. Not only the blessing of healing, but being able to express gratitude. Today, I am hoping to express the same. I have been blessed in so many ways….all of which are definitely not on my merit or because I deserve blessing or demanded blessing. I am blessed …because.
    I am blessed because God loves me. He knows how bad I really am…very unworthy, yet he shows me mercy. His Grace is obvious on this Thanksgiving Day. I am thankful for life…for my patient and loving family. My beautiful wife and awesome sons and their wonderful wives…our grandchildren and extended family and friends. Thank you Lord for….for you.

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  4. A heart of Thankfulness is not something we often encounter. But when we do, I think we’re astonished that the things that it points us toward, to be thankful for, were not at the forefront of our minds. So often in my prayers, if there is something laying heavily on my heart, I trauncate the portion of prayer that gives thanks to God for His many blessings, and spend so much time on the portion that pleads for other blessings. And yet, when I purpose to spend time in thanksgiving, one thing leads onto the next until the bounty of blessing for which I have to be thankful floods my heart and overflows. Thank you for a beautiful reminder of our many blessings.

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  5. What a great reminder that we should take a little time and thank the Lord for all that He has done for us especially through Christ’s atoning work on the cross whereby we are reconciled to God, spared from His wrath by the shedding of Jesus’ blood, and brought into a personal and right relationship with Him, and look forward to sharing in a resurrection like His in Christ! Wow! Praise the Lord!

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  6. What a wonderful Thanksgiving message! We are always told to stop and thank the Lord for everything we are blessed with during this time of year, but we are rarely reminded to thank the Lord for the ultimate sacrifice He made for us. Thank you for that reminder. Amen!

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  7. What a great topic and reminder and teaching on the Word. It brought to mind my grandparents and other elders of my people (Lakota Sioux) and the lesson they were teaching us as small children. One of the 7 virtues in my culture is to be Grateful. To be grateful in everything. From the minute we wake up in the morning and still laying in bed we are to thank Creator ,whom I choose to call YHWH , we thank him that he has protected us through the night. And has given us yet another day. That it is Him who allowes us to breath , allowes our heart to beat. That we are just pitiful human beings who can do nothing without God with us.
    And then all throughout the day we are taught to give thanks for just about everything from the tallest mountain to the little pebble in the dirt And when walks in that sort of humble way , it is much easier to stay grateful . to be thankful for everything because one can see God in absolutely everything.
    I would like to tell you that I walk in this humble manner following the Jesus Road every single day. But like everyone else I am a pitiful human being and I get caught up in the day to day struggles and am not always as thankful as I ought to be. But I try….. as we all try.

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