Typically I don’t write my devotionals in first person, but this is a combination of something to meditate on, and a personal note to you. This morning while spending time in the Word, something jumped out to me. It was from Jesus’ encounter with the 10 lepers in Luke 17:11-17. The story records that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem, and He went through Samaria, and going into a village He saw 10 lepers. These cried out for mercy, and He instructed that they go show themselves to the high priest. The fifteenth verse then records that, “one of them, saw he was healed, and came back praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him- and he was a Samaritan” (v.15,16). Jesus responded to him saying, “go your faith has made you whole”.
A few things struck a chord in me: first of all, why is it that the foreigners in Jesus’ days seemed to appreciate Him more (the centurion, the woman with the issue of blood, the Syro-phoenician woman etc). I began to reflect, could it be that we as Christians take the things God does for us for granted? Do we get so familiar with the wondrous works of God that they do not mean as much? Immediately I had to do some soul searching to see where I had fallen short in my gratitude and appreciation of God, and the wonderful people He has put in my life.
The second thing I noticed from this story was the fact that the man was healed, and he came back to appreciate Jesus in a dramatic way. When Jesus saw him return, it was astounding to see that Jesus asked, “where there not ten that were cleansed? Where are the nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Jesus was expecting the praise! Even though He healed them freely, He expected the gratitude and thanks, and this Samaritan got it right! He then said, “your faith has made you whole”. Then it jumped out to me, the man’s gratitude was a demonstration of his faith. There are so many things that God may have done for you and I this year, but did we just stop at that one thank you, or did you reflect at various other times to give dramatic praise. I emphasize ‘dramatic’, because the Scripture records that the man came back and with a loud voice, praised God and threw himself at Jesus’ feet. He didn’t hold back, and this demonstration of praise caused a perfect restoration in his body. There may be things that you prayed to God about, and you received them, and left to you, you are really grateful because it made all the difference. However, you can take your faith to the next level by taking a few minutes today (beyond today, as a lifestyle) to give God some really dramatic praise. Be loud, be dramatic and pour your heart to Him in thanksgiving. I jumped out my bed and immediately started praising God, singing songs, dancing by myself unto my God because He has been awesome this year. You can give your faith a jump-start into the new year through your praise.
With that said, I want to say a big THANK YOU, to all of you faithful readers of this devotional. I especially thank my dear friend and pastor who gave me the idea of emailing this devotional, and who has been responsible for giving me many ideas that have been a HUGE blessing in my life and ministry. Your voice is one I cherish in my life! (I’m sure you know who you are).
There have been many who have subscribed about 408 now, and many who unsubscribed, but it is always a blessing to know that a few people are getting blessed! I remember being in Nigeria a few weeks ago, and this dear man who I really don’t know walked up to me with such joy and excitement telling me how much he loves the devotionals, and how he forwards them to his colleagues at work, and how sometimes he gathers a few people around so they can all read together. Gee…I was humbled. Dearest people, the greatest joy I have in my life is that! That men and women can say to me, “your words inspire me and give me hope”. Various people tell me that, and it gives me a reason to push through opposition to get these devotionals out to you.
Many times it has been very inconvenient typing and sending the devotionals out, then I remember the various people who have said they were blessed, and I realize that it’s not about me, but the people God has entrusted to my care.There have been huge challenges this year, I have tried to get the devotionals out everyday, but some days I have fallen short, but I thank God for His abundant grace. I’ll keep leaning on Him for more. Dearest people, I am grateful to you all! Your kind words mean so much to me. I encourage you to respond to this email to share your heart, joy, testimonies with me or go to my facebook page [facebook.com/moyomamora] to share there also.
I thank those who have contributed and have encouraged me. This one man in particular who found the site, and took the liberty to write a couple of articles and give me ideas also. You don’t know how much that touched me. Your notes of encouragement meant a lot to me. I appreciate you sir! My parents, my dearest, my siblings etc. You all are a huge blessing to me. I’m sorry I sound redundant, but I am encouraged every time by your love and support.
As we cross over into the new year, remember to be prodigal with your praise towards God. Keep on being a blessing by sharing this devotional, and keep your testimonies and your words of encouragement flowing.
I love you with all my heart, and I am committed to your victory in life!