Thanksgiving is an attitude we need to cultivate in our Christian walk. Giving of thanks is one of the most distinctive marks of a true believer. We shouldn’t give thanks only when we are told to, we must make thanksgiving a daily and continuous attitude.
Situations shouldn’t define or influence our gratitude to God. He is always good and gracious, and we must understand that everything is working in our favour, even in the bad times. Our attitude of thanksgiving must be independent of whatever challenges or circumstances we could be facing at the moment. God’s promises are true and perfect. He’s going to take us through that trial unscathed.
A classic example of an individual who realized the importance of thanksgiving is seen in Luke 17:11-19. Jesus on his way to Jerusalem, came across 10 lepers seeking for his help. He told them to go and present themselves to the priest, as was the custom in those days. On their way, they realized that they’ve been healed completely of their infirmity. However, upon being aware of their restoration, only one came back to show his gratitude.
“Luke 17:15-16 (KJV) And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.”
The Bible described in details how this stranger worshipped God for his healing. With a loud voice and humble heart, he came to bow down to Jesus. That shows how delighted and appreciative he was to the miracle Jesus brought to pass in his life. A troubling question that may pop up is that; where were the other nine? They were nowhere to be found. They were so full of ingratitude and their selfish motive that they never thought the right thing was to go back to worship Jesus. Moreover, the language of Luke 17:14 suggests that they never really went too far before they received their healing. “And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed – Luke 17:14” This reveals that never actually had it mind to come back to glorify and appreciate God for the miracles they received. Such folly! Such ingratitude!
We as Christians must realize that ingratitude is a sin. A sin as bad as any other sin. In this contemporary world, ingratitude and ungratefulness are fast becoming the order of the day. People are too fast and too busy to glorify God and thank him for his blessings. We must not live our lives in this manner. God’s blessings are as much as they are great. We need to cultivate the habit of sitting down to actually count our blessings and name them one by one, as that popular song encourages. Living life through your days without glorifying God is an act of indifference to His abundant mercy and love.
There are a billion things to be thankful for. Our salvation from sin is one of those things to be thankful for. A free gift of God it is, given to us through His matchless mercy and grace. I don’t know if you wonder like I do about where you would be if God had not sent his Son to save us. It’s such a miracle that we enjoy everyday and should glorify God for.
God’s power and presence in our lives should also spur us to worship and adore him everyday. The Bible says in Acts 17:28 (KJV)
“For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.”
Our ability to live, breath, walk and talk is only made possible by God. We must continually thank Him for His presence in our life, which helps us to do everything that we do. On our own, we are powerless. But God works out great things through his power and presence resident in our lives.
Thanksgiving should be cultivated like a habit. We must continuously engage in gratitude to God for this virtue to be a lifestyle. And let me tell you, when gratitude becomes your lifestyle, miracles becomes your trademark. In the good times, in the bad times, in the lonely times, let us keep praising and glorifying God with psalms and songs. He alone is worthy to receive our praises.
“Ephesians 5:19-20 (KJV) Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”
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