LESSON TWO: Sunday 11th September, 2016
A HEART OF GRATITUDE
Memory verse: “And Jesus answering said, Were there riot ten cleansed? but where are the nine?” – Luke 17: 17
BIBLE PASSAGE: Luke 17: 11-19
11 And it came to pass as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
13 And they lifted up their voices, and said Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass that, as they went, they were cleansed
15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed turned back and with a loud voice glorified God,
16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks and he was a Samaritan.
17 And Jesus answering said Were there not ten cleansed but where are the nine?
18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
19 And he said unto him, Arise go thy way thy faith hath made thee whole
INTRODUCTION: Thanksgiving is the art of giving thanks, or a show of gratitude and appreciation for something done to you: Why are people not showing appreciation to God? Is it that God has not done anything? Jesus Christ appreciates thanksgiving. He was surprised that only one of the ten lepers came back to express appreciation. All of them were in need, all cried for mercy, all persevered, all believed and obeyed but only one returned to express appreciation after the healing (Luke 17:17-18).
1. Only one came back
2. The Christian Approach
ONLY ONE CAME BACK
Only one out of the ten lepers came back to express appreciation and he was a Samaritan. It is like saying that out of every ten members of a church, only one person who does not even know much about Jesus, gives thanks. The rest may see no reason to thank God because of:
1. Discouragement and tribulations (Daniel 2:23). Daniel was a captive at the time he began thanking God.
2. Lack of knowledge of God’s word (Colossians 4:2).
3. Taking God for granted and using thanksgiving as a substitute for obedience (Luke 18:9-14).
4. Fellowship with the wrong crowd (Ephesians 5:1-5).
5. Refusal to take account of what God has done (Luke 17: 18).
THE CHRISTIAN APPROACH
Real Christians should find time to thank God for the following reasons, among others:
1. Thanksgiving is a command (1Thessalonians 5:18; Ephesians 5:20, Colossians 3:17). We are to come to His presence with thanksgiving
2. For the salvation of our souls and the hope of eternal life with God (Luke 10:17-21).
3. It is a show of appreciation for what the Lord has done (Exodus 15: 1-21, Luke 17:11·19; 1:46).
4. It is a means of praying by faith e.g. in the case of Lazarus (John 11:41)
5. It is a potent weapon of warfare (2Chronicles 20:20.27).
6. It is an evangelistic tool (Psalm 57:4·11; 2SamueI22:1.2).
7. It sustains selflessness and humility (Daniel 2:23·24; Luke 18:9.14, 1 Timothy 1:12-13).
8. It puts a seal of perfection on our testimonies. The man who came back to express appreciation was made whole (Luke 17: 19).
9. We are called to show forth the praise of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvellous light (1 Peter 2:9).
We have no reason to disobey the call to give thanks always.
1. What is thanksgiving?
2. For what reasons should Christians give thanks?