Luke 17:17-19 Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”
INGRATITUDE=a lack of gratitude for something that has been done for you.
In today’s fast paced world many people have allowed countless other things to become their main priority and in return, “gratitude” has taken a back seat in their hearts and lives. They have trained their minds to take no thought for, nor time to say thank you or show appreciation to others who have been kind to them in one way or another.
Life for some has become all about me, myself and I. Get what I want or need and keep it moving without any thought of gratefulness bestowed to those who have been showed you kindness.
Have you ever been in a grocery store or restaurant and were not thanked for your business? Have you ever felt unappreciated by family, friends or a an employer? If so, how did it make you feel? Probably not very good.
Ungrateful heart! Does this describe you? Are you ungrateful for the things that God not only provides for you but also for those things and people who He has placed in your life that are a blessing to you in one way or another?
Why is ingratitude a common place in our world today? It all balls down to a matter of the heart. It is from the heart where the issues of life flow.
Is your heart ailing or sick from leprosy that is called “ingratitude”?
On a daily basis, I see ungrateful people that are not only present among the unbelievers but also among those who confess to love and know Christ.
When I was a child growing up my parents taught us from the time we knew how to talk to show gratitude for what someone had done for us. We learned how to say thank you, please, yes ma’am and yes sir out of respect and appreciation to those who did not have to be kind to us but chose to be anyway from the kindness of their hearts.
How often or in what way are you showing gratitude to those that God allowed you to encounter on a daily basis that have shown you kindness?
One thing of a surety is that God works in the earth through man.
A heart of gratitude or a heart of ingratitude? Which describes you?
In this text, Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem when He was traveling through the border of Samaria and Galiilee.
On His journey, Jesus encountered 10 lepers who stood a distance away from Him as they cried out with a loud voice “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”
In response to the lepers cry for help, Jesus spoke these profound, prophetic words to them “Go, show yourselves to the priests” and they were healed as they went.
The bible records that Jesus healed 10 lepers that day only (1) came back praising God in a loud voice, giving thanks and worship as he feel at the feet of Jesus. This one was described as a “Samaritian” , one who was looked down upon by the religious church folks of his day.
The other 9 Jewish lepers whose heart was full of ingratitude did not even look back to tell Jesus thank you. They got what they wanted and needed and they kept it moving. The painful reality of the healing of the 9 was the fact that their healing was only physical.
The one leper who came back to say “thank you” was physically and spiritually healed for Jesus said “your faith has made you whole”. The other 9 missed an opportunity for total healing and the opportunity to have a personal one on one encounter with Christ all because of an ungrateful heart.
Oh, the spiritual blessings and opportunities for spiritual growth we miss on a daily basis because of “my way or no way” from an ungrateful heart!
Which of these lepers describes you? The one that came back to say thank you or the ones who got what they wanted and went on about their business?
We all are either the one who came back to say thank you or one of the 9 who did not even acknowledge this kind life saving act that Jesus had done on their behalf.
Jesus being in awe of the heart of the other 9 leper ask the one leper “where are the other 9”? Their reactions did not catch Jesus by surprise for He knew who they were before He healed them.
Oh how often we ignore the help God has given us until we need it again!
The Bible records for us many stories throughout old and new testament of ungratefulness even among God’s people and guess what, ungratefulness is still alive and well among us even unto this very hour.
The story of the lepers is a picture of the hearts of many people we encounter on a daily basis.
Believe it not but many ungrateful people confess to love Christ with their lips but their hearts are from Him. Matthew 15:8 These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
Think of the things that people do for you on a daily basis like from opening a door for you, to giving you a ride to work or to the store, or providing a kind and reassuring word from scripture. Think also about what attitude you showed when gratitude had been granted to you by God through others.
People of God, we need to learn to say “thank you” often and show our gratitude to those who God uses to bless us.
A little kindness goes a long way! It really makes a difference!
Believe it or not but the mindset of ingratitude leads to spiritual poverty and ends with spiritual bankruptcy.
The beauty of this story is the fact that Jesus, the Sovereign God of the Universe, knows the hearts of us all. He knew the hearts of the 1 lepers that came back to say thank you and He knew beforehand the hearts of the 9 ungrateful lepers too, but, in His love for humanity He healed them too.
Have you purposed in your heart on today to show someone gratitude for what God has done through them for you?
Gratitude or ingratitude? We ALL are living at one of these residents in our hearts!