Say Thank You
Scripture: 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.”
Utilizing the passage above, the video, and today’s sermon, consider the following questions:
- Google the disease of leprosy and share its symptoms and treatments, past and present.
- One out of ten of the lepers came to thank Jesus for giving them life. 10%. What percentage of people do you think live life in gratitude, grateful for life’s simplest gifts?
- Google the word “Samaritan” and consider the significance that the only grateful person was the least “holy” of the group.
- From the video, have you ever had someone with a “New York accent” speak God’s truth into your life? – someone who would be the least likely to be qualified to do so?
- Have you ever known someone who gave up on life, and who then dwindled in their humanity? Have you ever known someone who should have given up on life, but refused and squeezed every bit of life possible.
- How does having gratitude for the most simple things change life’s trajectory? How does it change the quality of one’s life? How does it change the quality of one’s relationships?
- Reflect on Ed Dobson’s words, “It is not about the time I have left, it is about how I spend the time that I do have.”