Blessings & Thankfulness

Luke 17:11-19

Gratitude is an essential Christian attitude, that must become part of who we are in all things that we do and portray.

  • Most people pray when they need something (Luke 17:11-13).

Sometimes non-religious people get it quicker than people who go to church every week.  Luke emphasizes that the thankful leper was a foreigner. 

  • We should be thankful when God blesses us (Luke 17:14-16).
    • Because of their faith the lepers were healed.
    • How often do we feel entitled to the blessings we have?
      • The 9 lepers that didn’t thank Jesus possibly felt entitled because they went to the priest and they were Jews. They simply did what was customary, nothing miraculous happened.
      • Today, how often is gratitude for something not deserved or deserved not given? How often are things taken for granted?

If we aren’t thankful, I would go so far as to say we aren’t saved.

  • Our Spiritual salvation is more important than physical healing (Luke 17:17-19).
    • All ten lepers were healed in body (the text states that), we can’t say the other 9 were not saved from this story.
    • Jesus expressly states, ‘your faith has made you well.’ I came back
      • We can assume this same faith that brought on bodily healing is the same faith necessary for salvation.
    • Faith is well with our soul, as it is with our body.
      • Full restoration means a saved soul as well as a healed body.

‘It is Well with My Soul’

Modern Lyrics by ‘Aubrey Assad’

It is well
With my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul

It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul

Go home and write down 5 things you’re thankful for. Remind yourself every day. Your eternal destiny depends on it.