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The Expressions of Thanksgiving 

Luke 17: 11-19

Jesus heard the cries of ten lepers and commanded them to go and show themselves to the priests.  As they left, they were healed.  One of them, a Samaritan returned to thank the Lord. 

1.  Run in the right direction 

Luke 17: 15

Only one person of the ten of them returned to thank the Lord who had healed him of his terrible disease.  Whenever we are blessed, we must run again and again to God to thank Him.  Running in the right direction is running towards God.  He is the provider of all good and perfect things. 

2.  Fall down in Humility 

Luke 17: 16

The Samaritan fell at the feet of Jesus and cried out with a loud voice thanking Jesus.  When we receive good things from God, it must make us humble because it is all given to us by God.  

1 Corinthians 4:7 says: what makes us different from others?  What do we have that was not given to us?  If we we have been given everything, then why do we act as if we have not received? 

We cannot take credit for any of our achievements.  It’s all given by God.  So we must follow the Samaritan who fell down before Jesus in thankfulness.  

3.  Rise up in Faith 

Luke 17: 19

Jesus told the Samaritan to rise up. He said, “Your faith has made you whole”.   That day the Samaritan learned that he can continue to have faith in Jesus.  If Jesus could heal his leprosy, then Jesus can do anything for him.  He will trust Jesus for all his needs.  

There are hundreds of ways we can express our thanks to God.  On this thanksgiving Sunday we learn that Running towards God, Falling at His feet and Rising up in faith are three great expressions of Thanksgiving.  Amen!