THE MAKING OF A WORSHIPER

Luke 17:19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

It takes more than a miracle to make a worshiper. The story of the healing of the ten lepers pretty much answers that; ten were healed, only one returned to worship and to give thanks. You would think that a miracle would turn everyone into worshipers, that is sadly not the case. Obviously we can’t go by every detail of every story or parable, but nine out of ten? That sounds about right. I have seen many people receive all sorts of miracles and, in time, seen many return to the pig sty they came out of. What was the difference between the Samaritan who returned to give thanks and all of the others who just went merrily on their way? The difference is revelation. The natural man thinks that God exists just as some sort of Genie to grant him three wishes toward his best life now. Revelation of Christ as Savior, Healer, and Holy God puts us on our face at His feet with the Samaritan. Seeing Christ for Who He is changes everything. Here are some thoughts on the blessing of thankfulness from Charles Spurgeon.

“The blessing of thankfulness is that it receives the largest blessing, for the Savior said to the man what He had not said to others, “thy faith hath made thee whole”. If you would live the higher life, be much in praising God. Some of you are in the lowest state yet, as this man was, for he was a Samaritan: but by praising God he rose to be a songster rather than a stranger. How often I noticed how the greatest sinner became the greatest praiser! Those that were farthest from Christ, and hope, and purity, when they become saved, fell that they owe the most, and therefore they love the best. May it be the ambition of every one of us, even if we be not originally among the vilest of the vile, yet to feel that we owe Jesus most: and therefore we will praise Him most: thus we shall receive the richest blessedness from His hands.”

Spurgeon is dealing with the heart of the issue. Worshippers are created when they see the greatness of their sin and the riches of His salvation. Those that were the furthest away often become the greatest worshippers. Where were you when Christ found you? How far has He brought you? Maybe its time to join the Samaritan at the feet of Jesus.

5 Replies to “THE MAKING OF A WORSHIPER”

  1. Amen! Yes those who were the farthest away you draw thank you saving me and loving me as your daughter!! I am thankful for my salvation and to be called your daughter! Thank you for FREEDOM take hold of my heart spirit of god come fill this place ( my life) and thebody of christ! In Jesus name! 🙂

  2. Where was I? Groping in complete darkness, unaware of my true situation. Then in my distress He came to me, I saw He was perfectly holy and righteous. I saw MY sin and MY fate if I didn’t get right with Him.
    As time has gone on since that moment, 01/24/2005 at 7:15 PM, when I thank Him somewhere in that endless list is the unequalled gift of knowing Him. I can not worship that which I do not know!
    \o/ empty hands raised high.

  3. WHEWHOO HALLELUJAH HALLELUJAH…
    YES INDEED… THANK YOU JESUS/HOLY SPIRIT… (3IN1)
    YOU ARE AWESOME KING, I LIVE TO WORSHIP AND PRAISE YOU DAILY KING….
    I DANCE FOR YOU KING…. HALLELUJAH.
    ALL IT TAKES IS ONE TOUCH/DROP.

    THANK YOU JESUS FOR CALLING ME AND PULLING ME OUT OF THAT MESS I WAS IN.
    I LOVE YOU, IM FOLLOWING YOU JESUS…

    NO TURNING BACK, IM MOVING ON WITH YOU KING. I WILL ALWAYS SING HALLELUJAH… 🙂
    HAVE YOUR WAY JESUS/HOLY SPIRIT WITH ME ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE, HALLELUJAH….
    PASTOR FRANK, WHEWHOO, HALLELUJAH, I LOVE YOU. HAVE A BLESSED AND FILLED DAY IN OUR KING KINGS JESUS… HALLELUJAH. 🙂

  4. Gods grace consumes me friends! Praising him gives me life! Lord God you inspire me most assuredly! You put wind in my sails Lord ! Jesus our father is beyond total description! He’s infinite in every way my Lord Jesus Christ! Thanks God for having sent the comforter to guide us!

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