Devotional For August 20, 2023

Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?
‭‭Luke‬ ‭17‬:‭18‬

In Luke 17, Jesus miraculously healed ten lepers who cried out to Him. He instructed them to show themselves to the priests, and as they went, they are cleansed. And one of them, a foreigner, returned to express heart felt gratitude. This moment captures a heart’s response to God’s grace.

The foreigner recognized the divine healing of God. He couldn’t merely accept the healing as chance or coincidence; he attributed it to the goodness of God. This recognition set him apart from the other lepers.

The foreigner’s response of gratitude wasn’t a simple “thank you”—it was genuine and heartfelt. It was an overflow of his heart. His encounter with Jesus had touched him so deeply that he couldn’t help but return to express his thankfulness.

Gratitude is a form of worship. It’s a way of acknowledging God’s goodness and the way He works in our lives. When we give glory to God, we’re not just acknowledging His actions; we’re bowing before His majesty and offering our praise. The foreigner’s act of returning to give glory was an act of worship.

It’s worth noting that the one who expressed gratitude was a foreigner—a person considered as an outsider. This reminds us that God’s grace and blessings are not limited to a specific group. God’s work is for everyone, and it’s often those who come from unexpected places who respond with the deepest gratitude.

Are there moments when you’ve experienced His goodness and grace, and didn’t take the time to return in gratitude? Consider the things that God has brought you through or kept you from and let Him know from your heart how blessed you are.


Lord, I want my gratitude to be more than just words—I want it to flow from a heart that recognizes Your work in my life. Help me to sense Your presence and action, even in the midst of challenges. May my gratitude be an authentic response that honors You and glorifies Your name. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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