What Do You Say?
Posted: Friday, April 15
If you are a parent most likely you have asked your child the question, “What do you say?” many times. This of course is a reminder to say “Thank you.” Even if you are not a parent, you are probably still familiar with this question because your parents used it on you to prompt you to say “Thank you.” What sense of accomplishment we as parents feel when our kids politely say “thank you” without being coaxed when someone has shown them a kindness. “Yes, they got it!” we say to ourselves. Even better though is when your child exhibits true gratefulness to the one who showed the kindness. They show it through a huge smile, a hug or an unsolicited thank you card written in crayon. It is one thing to be thankful for a gift, but it is another thing to be grateful to the gift-giver. Take a look at the story in Luke 17:11-19.
11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
I’m pretty sure all 10 lepers mentioned in Luke 17:11-19 were thankful for their healing. However, only one was grateful to the healer. Instead of keeping his focus on the gift (healing), he switched to focusing on the healer (Jesus). It says he “thanked Him” but look at what else it says he did after he saw he was healed. He 1) came back, 2) praised God and 3) threw himself at Jesus’ feet. When God answers our prayers are we just thankful for the answer or are we grateful to the one who answered? If we are grateful to the one who answered then we most certainly need to show it like the grateful Samaritan in the story did.
From Psalm 100, here are just a few things you can do to show your gratitude to the one who is so good to us all, God.