Luke 17: Ten percent gratitude

November 30th, 2006

If you are watching this videocast, you are almost certainly a wealthy person by global standards. You have access to cheap or free water that is safe to drink. You have enough food to eat every day. You have access to medical services. You have access to sanitation and garbage collection services. You have a roof over your head and plenty of clothes to wear. But you probably hardly ever notice how fortunate you are, and like me you probably take these things for granted and rarely if ever express your thankfulness to God for the good things he has given you.

Luke’s Account of the Good News — Chapter 17

17:1 He said to the disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to happen, but woe to whoever causes them! 17:2 It would be better for that person to have a millstone hung around the neck, and to be thrown into the sea, rather than causing one of these little ones to stumble. 17:3 Be careful. If your friend sins against you, rebuke the friend, and if the friend repents, forgive. 17:4 If someone sins against you seven times in the day, and comes back seven times saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive.”

17:5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”

17:6 The Lord said, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would tell this sycamore tree, ‘Be uprooted, and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. 17:7 If you have a servant who plows or looks after sheep, are you going to say when the servant comes in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down at the table?’ 17:8 Instead, aren’t you going to say, ‘Get my supper ready, put your apron on, and serve me, while I eat and drink. Afterwards you can eat and drink’? 17:9 Do you thank that servant for doing the things that were ordered? 17:10 You should also, when you have done everything that you are commanded to, say, ‘We are unworthy servants. We have done our duty.'”

17:11 On the way to Jerusalem, he was passing along the borders of Samaria and Galilee. 17:12 As he entered a village, ten men who suffered from leprosy encountered him, standing at a distance. 17:13 They raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

17:14 He looked at them and said, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” As they went, they were cleansed. 17:15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice. 17:16 He fell on his face at Jesus’s feet, giving him thanks. He was a Samaritan. 17:17 Jesus asked, “Weren’t ten people cleansed? Where are the other nine? 17:18 Did no one return to give glory to God, except this foreigner?” 17:19 Then he said to him, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.”

17:20 The Pharisees asked when the Kingdom of God would come, and he answered, “The Kingdom of God doesn’t come with observable signs, 17:21 and people cannot say, ‘Look, here!’ or, ‘Look, there!’ because the Kingdom of God is something that is inside you.”

17:22 He said to the disciples, “A time will come when you will want to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. 17:23 People will tell you, ‘Look, here!’ or ‘Look, there!’ Don’t go or follow them, 17:24 because the Son of Man will be in his day like lightning, which flashes and illuminates the sky, from one side to the other. 17:25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 17:26 Just as it happened in the days of Noah, it will happen in the days of the Son of Man. 17:27 They ate, they drank, and they got married, until the day that Noah entered into the ship. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. 17:28 It happened the same way in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built. 17:29 But on the day that Lot escaped from Sodom, fire and sulphur rained from the sky and destroyed them all. 17:30 It will happen the same way on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. 17:31 On that day, anyone on the housetop who has possessions in the house should not go down to retrieve them. Anyone who is in the field should not turn back. 17:32 Remember Lot’s wife! 17:33 Those who want to save their lives will lose them, but those who lose their lives will save them. 17:34 On that night there will be two people in one bed. One will be taken, and the other will be left. 17:35 Two women will be grinding grain together. One will be taken, and the other will be left.”

17:37 They asked him, “Where, Lord?” He answered, “Where the body is, there will the vultures also be gathered together.”

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