Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem when He had an encounter with lepers. He stopped at a village between Samaria and Galilee. Standing in the distance were ten lepers. They shouted, “Jesus, have mercy on us.” Hearing their cries for help, Jesus told them to go show themselves to the priests. As they left to see the priests, their leprosy left them. When one of the ten saw that he was healed, he turned back, praised God loudly, and fell at Jesus’s feet, giving Him thanks. The man was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Wasn’t there ten? Where are the other nine? Would no one else give praise to God besides this foreigner?” Jesus spoke to the man, “Rise up. Go on your way. Your faith has made you well.”
Source: Luke 17:11-19
- In this story, Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem when he decided to stop at this village in between two major cities. Often when we are very busy or have things to do, we don’t take time for what we think is less important. How do you feel when someone takes time out of their busy schedule to focus on you?
- Why do you think it is important to take time for the little things and big things in life?
- Leprosy is a skin disease which could lead to death. Also, it was contagious at times, and the people, who had it, were isolated from society. Have you seen people isolate others because they appear different? Why, and how does it feel? Share a story.
- Jesus told the lepers to go show themselves to the priest, and as they went, they were healed. Jesus could have said, “You are healed,” and instantaneously that could have been done. What did the lepers demonstrate to Jesus when they started walking? Why is that important?
- Most of us are taught to say thank you as small children, but what does it really mean to say thank you? Give an example.
- Only one person turned back to say thank you, and he wasn’t who people expected. He was a Samaritan, a mixed race of people, but what did he have that the others did not? Why do you think this was so?
- Why is important to acknowledge what God has done for you? How does it affect your relationship with God? How does it affect you? How does it affect others when they see you acknowledge what God has done?
- Right now, take a moment to think about why you are grateful. Then, share what it is, and why you would want to say thank you to God for that thing.
What does the bible say about thanks giving and gratitude? Discuss.
- I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High. Psalm 7:17 ESV
- Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Hebrews 13:15 ESV
- Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! 1 Chronicles 16:8 ESV
- Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 107:1 ESV
- You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 118:28-29 ESV
- It doesn’t take a special skill to say thank you, only an attitude of gratitude.
- Anyone can say thank you. For all have something for which to thank God.
- Even if you are the only one, say thank you. You may be the example someone needs to see.
- Gratitude starts from within. What is in you?
Father God, we have so much for which to thank You for in our lives. We could not say it all. However, right now at this moment, we want to take time to say thank you for every small thing, for every big thing, for even considering us, and for what You knew we would have to offer to this world and show Your glory. Thank you. Our prayer is that we will continuously have an attitude of gratitude and express that before you always. We ask this in Your son Jesus’s name. Amen.
Sit down. Write a list of twenty reasons why you are thankful for God being in your life. Then, share it by posting it on your refrigerator, wall, or a door, and invite others to do the same.
What did you learn, and how can you apply what you have learned to your life?
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