Where is the Gratitude?
Luke 17:11-19, verse 15 is the text.
Many years ago someone took a poll as to the greatest sin committed by mankind. To the surprise of many the sin chosen as the greatest and most often committed was the “sin of ingratitude.”
If we owe each other anything, it is gratitude … thankfulness.
Thankfulness seems to be a lost art today. Warren Wiersby illustrated this problem in his commentary on Colossians. He told about a ministerial student in Evanston, Illinois, who was part of a life-saving squad. In 1860, a ship went aground on the shore of Lake Michigan near Evanston, and Edward Spencer waded again and again into the frigid waters to rescue 17 passengers. In the process, his health was permanently damaged. Some years later at his funeral, it was noted that not one of the people he rescued ever thanked him. Our Daily Bread, February 20, 1994.
In our text for today only one returned to glorify and thank The Lord for healing of leprosy. I believe the other nine were thankful; however, they did not express it.
Their sin was not that they did not have gratitude, but did not express it. The following are nine suggested reasons why the nine did not return:
One waited to see if the cure was real.
One waited to see if it would last.
One said he would see Jesus later.
One decided that he had never had leprosy.
One said he would have gotten well anyway.
One gave the glory to the priests.
One said, “O, well, Jesus didn’t really do anything.”
One said, “Any rabbi could have done it.”
One said, “I was already much improved.”