Sunday, November 20, 2016

Lessons from Ten Lepers

After Jesus healed ten lepers, only one returned to thank Him (Luke 17:12-19). What was the difference between the one leper and the other nine? How do we know when we’re truly grateful?  

1. The one leper took some extra steps that the other nine didn’t.  Luke 17:15 says, “Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back…” This leper was walking in one direction to show himself to the priests, but he turned around and took extra steps to thank Jesus. Thankfulness is willing to take some extra steps to show its appreciation.  

2. The one leper expressed his appreciation in a tangible way while the other nine didn’t.  One way to express appreciation is with words.  Luke 17:15 says he was “glorifying God with a loud voice.” One little boy came how from school all excited.  “Dad, today I learned how to say please and thank you in Spanish.” His father said, “When are you going to learn how to say it in English?” Some people never say “thank you” in any language. 

Thankfulness can also be expressed with gifts. Jesus once healed a leper and told him, “But go show yourself to the priest and make an offering…” (Luke 5:14). Offerings are an expression of our thanks to God. Psalm 50:23 says “He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me.” 

3. The one leper voluntarily thanked Jesus while the other nine didn’t. Thankfulness cannot be forced. Luke 17:16 says, “He fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him.” God never forces anyone to be thankful because then it wouldn’t be sincere. If you have to ask someone to thank you, it isn’t genuine.

When God blesses us He expects to be thanked. Jesus asked the one leper, “Were not ten cleansed? But the nine—where are they?”(Luke 17:17)  In a similar way, we’re like those lepers because God has done so much for us. But are we like the one leper—or the other nine?
To read the entire PRINTED SERMON on this click here:Did You Forget Something?

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