Summary: Of the ten lepers that were healed only one came back to say thanks.
ONE SAID THANKS
Last Thursday many of us celebrated Thanksgiving with loved ones. We ate our Thanksgiving meal, watched a little football on the television, had some more to eat, laughed with friends and family, had dessert and then called it a day when your belt had had enough and was screaming “Release Me!”
Unfortunately Thanksgiving has become more of a ritual or a festival than a day when a nation and its people give thanks to God from whom all things come.
I wonder how many people sitting in churches across The United States of America today have the same mindset as nine of the ten lepers who were healed in the Scriptures we just read.
How many Christians assume that God’s blessings are duly theirs because of good works?
Those who are truly blessed understand that God’s cornucopia of blessing begins with the understanding that our greatest blessing is our salvation.
All the blessings we receive should be expressed in thankfulness returned.
Apart from God thankfulness is simply an attitude of the mind and not of the heart.
The ten lepers wanted a blessing. They wanted to be healed. Yet when the blessing came only one showed thankfulness from the heart.
Thankfulness must always begin and end in God!
The Samaritan showed his gratitude from his heart in four ways.
1. By glorifying God
2. By giving reverence to God
3. By expressing humility
4. By expressing Thankfulness
So, let’s look specifically at the four ways the Samaritan can show us some 2000 years later how we can be thankful from our hearts.
I. BY GLORIFYING GOD
You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! 24For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help. Psalm 22:23-24
We often give God complaints instead of enough praise. We put far more emphasis on what we receive in blessing than we do about the Giver!
B. Good Works
In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Those who believe they have a right to God’s goodness often do not mirror/reflect the One doing the giving.
C. Bearing Fruit
This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:8
People who do not see God’s blessing often do not bless others.
II. BY GIVING REVERENCE TO GOD
And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13and to observe the LORD’S commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good? Deuteronomy 10:12-13
Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. 14For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:13