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Friday, October 21, 2016

Attitude of Ingratitude (Luke 17:15-16)

"One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him--and he was a Samaritan."

Ten men with leprosy received healing from Jesus Christ. Only one man, a Samaritan and non-Jew, returned to thank Jesus. Feeling entitled, the other men, all Jewish, never wrote so much as a "thank you" note. Jesus responds by asking, "Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"

Jesus seems to equate ingratitude to entitlement.

Like one stroke away from a finished painting many people are one "thank you" note shy of a debased mind in their ingratitude. "Because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened" (Romans 1:21). Ingratitude characterizes those who are just one step away from having a debased mind.

Ingratitude speaks loudly of a degenerate heart. Those who recognize grace and mercy show appreciation; those who feel entitled are demanding and unthankful.
When is the last time you wrote a "thank you" note to someone who did something nice for you? Or spent time simply thanking God for the change in the seasons, freedom to vote and clean drinking water?

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
Luke 14:25-16:17
  • How does Jesus' method of gospel engagement differ from methods used today?
  • What demands does Jesus place on those desiring to follow Him?
  • What do the 99 sheep, the 9 coins, and the older brother all have in common?
  • Why does the older son become angry at the return of his brother? What is his main concern?
  • Describe the older son's relationship or attitude toward his father? his brother?
  • What role does wealth have in a person's life?
  • What does your relationship with money have to do with your relationship with God?
  • Why do the Pharisees sneer at Jesus?
  • What does death reveal about Abraham? Lazarus?
  • Will the resurrection of Jesus Christ convince the Pharisees of Jesus' deity?
  • What does faith have to do with forgiveness?
Turning truth into prayer
Ask the Lord to make you aware of when you act out a spirit of entitlement and ingratitude toward Him and toward others.