Are you the one or among the nine?

Are you the one or among the nine? You might be thinking you are the one, but surprisingly, you find yourself among the nine.


Self-analysis is always beneficial. Kenyans call it kujiita mkutano, which translates to calling yourself into a meeting.

To help us answer this query, we’ll look at (Luke 17:11-19) where Jesus met ten men with leprosy who cried out to him, “Jesus, Master, pity us!”

When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were healed.

Out of ten lepers, only one came back to give thanks. Are you the one, or among the nine?

It’s very easy to say, “I’m thankful,” but are you? As human beings, we often perceive certain things as ordinary and tend to overlook them.

To be sincere, we have a lot to be thankful for. Let’s look into a couple of them:

Life

woman wearing pink pajamas waking up

You have been waking up countless mornings, going about your daily activities, and coming back home, haven’t you? You’ll probably think it’s obvious or just normal. But it’s not. It is a gift. Life itself is a gift.

In the Bible, we are told that when God breathed the breath of life, man became a living soul (Gen 2:7). What better way to express gratitude for life than to live a life that gives glory to the life-giver himself—God?

Take a minute and thank God for the life He has given you. Ask him to show you how to live your life according to his plan for you.

Friends

happy african friends holding each other

As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

Proverbs 27:17

There are people whom God has placed in our lives who stick closer than brothers. (Proverbs 18:24)

There are moments when things haven’t been going well for you. You may have experienced sadness, heartbreak, discouragement, or even anger.

However, talking to a friend has often lifted your spirits, providing comfort, support, and even more prayer for you.

This is, once again, something we often overlook. We should express gratitude to God for the blessing of having good friends.

Good health.

Healthy black woman holding an orange

Health is a state of physical, mental, and social well-being. Not just the absence of disease as most of us know.

Waking up with energy, engaging in daily activities without constraints, interacting with others, and effectively managing stress are all considered gifts.

Health is far more precious than material possessions.

Is there a time you were sick and God healed you this year? Did you remember to thank him, or did business go on as usual? If not, it’s not too late.

I pose the question once more: Which one are you? The one or among the nine?

Partners

Dear married man, are you grateful to God for your partner? Dear married woman, their flaws crowd your memory until you see no good in them. Or do you see them as a burden in your life that needs to be lifted?

Do you not remember how you prayed for him or her? Have the challenges of life caused a rift between the two of you?

Are you the one who is thankful despite the challenges, or are you among the nine who complain day in and day out?

Partners are a gift from the Lord. If you are privileged to have one, go on your knees and thank God.

Are you the one who thanks God for your partner, or are you among the nine who see no blessing in having one?

Challenges

three friends comforting one friend

Pause briefly and reflect on the challenges that God has brought you through. Only through challenges do we grow in patience, experience, and hope.

For most of us, it is such challenges that draw us closer to God. It may seem weird to thank God for challenges, especially if you are in one right now, right?

Do you remember the story of Paul and Silas (read more in Acts 16) when they praised God through hymns in prison and the prison gates miraculously opened?

If there is a habit we need to cultivate, it is praising God through challenges. It may not change our situation, but it will surely change our hearts.

Challenges are the test of our faith. (1 Peter 1:7)They refine us for our heavenly citizenship.

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I ask again: Are you the one who returns to express gratitude to God during or after challenges, or are you one of the nine who forgot?

The Real deal

God’s actions can take the appearance of normal, natural events, and if we don’t pay careful attention to them, we will not notice God’s presence.

All these things I’ve mentioned and many more are supposed to be there to glorify God. Remember, it’s not good luck; it’s a blessing. Thank your creator for all of them.

If you’ve benefited from this article, we welcome your feedback. Feel free to leave a comment below. Thank you.

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