Daily Devotion on Luke 17:11-19

Devotion Text: Luke 17:11-19

Tomorrow, thousands of Americans will sit around their tables and gorge themselves on all sorts of turkey and all the trimmings. I know, because I plan to be one of them. Of those thousands, many will ask each other, “What are you thankful for this year?” New jobs, new toys, new friends, new family–all worthwhile things to be thankful for.

Two thousand years ago, 10 men found themselves thankful for something much more important–they had gotten their lives back.

You see, leprosy wasn’t just a disease, it was a death sentence. Slowly, as your body prematurely decayed, you would no longer be immune to all types of other nasty sicknesses. Your organs would eventually shut down and you would die. For those with leprosy, death was a welcomed event. The disease meant that you would be segregated into a community with other lepers and away from those you loved. Once you were diagnosed, your life was over.

For these 10 men, Jesus had handed them a new life. He does the same today.

Sin isn’t just a sickness or a blemish on our otherwise perfect bodies. Sin is a cancer that eats from the inside out, rotting anything good we might do and slowly killing everyone it effects, and it effects everyone. Sin is a death sentence for you and for me.

Jesus has handed us a new life. The death sentence that was ours has been served by our God and we are thankful!

So, as you sit together with your family tomorrow, remember why we have all these blessings to be thankful for. Remember who has lovingly provided for us. Remember the greatest gift he has given us–salvation. Then, remember the people around the dinner table who might not know Jesus, and share this great news with them as well.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are the great physician. You have the power to heal all earthly diseases and keep me healthy day after day. More importantly, you have cured my sinful heart. You have cleansed me and made me clean. Dearest Lord, forgive me for all the times I have not been thankful. Help me to live a life of thanks, as I share your message with others. Amen.

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About Michael Schottey

Michael Schottey is a Christian, husband, father of two boys, sportswriter, and aspiring author. He graduated from Martin Luther College with a degree in Biblical Languages in 2009. A lifelong midwesterner, he moved to Florida with his family in 2010 and is a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church (WELS).

Posted on November 23, 2011, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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