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Gratitude

Luke 17:17

Jesus asked, Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?

I imagine every generation has their issues with the previous generation. One area that seems to come up in conversations quite often is a lack of gratitude. Gratitude is defined as – the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

A nation was grateful to the military when they returned from World War II – even calling the men and women who fought to defeat evil in Europe and the Pacific theatre – the greatest generation. But I remember soldiers returning from Vietnam receiving protests and ridicule. A nation – not solidly behind the war efforts in Vietnam – didn’t rally around the returning soldiers – showing them with gratitude. Most of those soldiers had nothing to do with the political unrest surrounding this conflict. Most – like their counterparts in WWII – were merely following orders from those up the command chain. They too deserved our gratitude as a nation. They fought for freedom – they fought instead of many of us – they should have been welcomed home with open arms and gratitude.

I imagine that a number of generations have felt that the generation that followed them lacked gratitude. Some seem to have a lack of gratitude for what others have gone thru before them. When we fail to be students of our shared history – it tends to feed a lack of gratitude. The Civil Rights movement in our country is an example. Many suffered long and hard for the freedoms many of us enjoy today. Is there a measure of gratitude? I often do not see the gratitude for those who went before us.

Is there anyone in our life or in our families’ history that we should remember or show gratitude toward? Did anyone – maybe your parents – your grandparents – your ancestors – who walked a rough road that we might walk an easier one? We should show gratitude.

Has anyone done us a solid? Has anyone gone out of their way to help us? Has anyone give us the benefit of the doubt? Has anyone given us a break when we didn’t deserve it? If so – we should show gratitude.

In today’s passage we read about 10 persons who had leprosy. Leprosy was a disease that had social consequences. If you were diagnosed with leprosy you became a societal outcast. You had to live apart from the rest of society and when you came near other people they would shun you and walk away from you. Ten such persons met Jesus one day and Jesus healed them. Unfortunately – only one of the ten came back to show gratitude.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Luke 17:11–19 – 11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Has Jesus done something for us? Of course He has – He died on the cross for our salvation. Have we been grateful to Jesus for His sacrifice? Have we tried to be faithful to Him in return for His love and sacrifice? Have we shown any gratitude? Would we be the one or would we be the nine?

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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June 22, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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