The Unthankful (2 of 3)
Series: A Thankful Heart
1. THANKFULNESS DESERVED
a) The Condition of the Ten
b) The Cleansing of the Ten
2. THANKFULNESS DISPLAYED
a) A Personal Response to His Mercy
b) A Proper Response to His Mercy
3. THANKFULNESS DEPRIVED
a) How Disturbing to Jesus Our Ingratitude
b) How Delightful to Jesus Our Gratitude
1. A few weeks ago I told you the story of Ed Spencer who jumped into the icy waters of Lake Michigan to save seventeen people when the Lady Elgin sank. When he brought the seventeenth person to safety he collapsed on the shore. Throughout the night, as he lay in the infirmary, he kept saying, ''Have I done my best, fellows?'' Ensign Edwin Young, inspired by the story, wrote the great hymn Have I Done My Best for Jesus?
2. As Paul Harvey says, ''Now the rest of the story.'' Ed Spencer gradually recovered from the exposure and exertion of that night, but it broke his health from which he never completely recovered. He moved to California where he spent the rest of his life in seclusion. When he died at age 81, a paper told the story and stated that not one of the seventeen people he saved ever thanked him for what he had done.
3. Someone has said that an ungrateful man is like a hog under a tree eating acorns, but never looking up to see where they came from. Another has said that if you want to find gratitude, look in the dictionary.
4. Each day of our life we are recipients of God's blessings. The Bible says in Psalm 68:19, ''Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits.'' I will date some of you with this statement, but God is not a Brylcreem God--just a dab with do. God loads us with benefits. He daily loads our wagon with so many blessings the wheels wobble.
5. However, we receive and receive, take and take, and offer nothing in thanks in return. How ungrateful we are for all God has done and does for us. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:15 ''that t ...
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