“…give thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Eph. 5:20
There are two words that should carry a special meaning in life – “THANK YOU.” We all like to hear those words when we give someone something. But, do we always remember to say them when we are the recipients? Sadly, it is becoming common place for people today to fail in expressing thankfulness when they have received a gift. Not to do so, makes it appear that the person has taken the gift for granted – no big deal, it was expected. Jesus gave thanks to the Father on numerous occasions, even when He took the cup at the last supper (Mt. 26:27).
How often do we remember to thank God for all of His blessings? God is the giver of all good and perfect gifts (Jas. 1:17). The Bible instructs us to give thanks to Him always in all things (Eph. 5:20). That includes the difficulties we endure that make us stronger individuals in the long run. When we fail to do so, are we just taking God for granted, expecting Him to be there for us and provide for us — as if he owes us anything?
I know that God has blessed me more than I could ever deserve. As recipients of His gifts, we are expected to be good stewards of all that we have received, and to share the bounty with others. Jesus said it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). When we give of ourselves, the blessings that accrue to us cannot be measured in human terms. There is joy in the heart of the giver who reaches out to others in love.
Be sure to say thank you when you have received a gift from someone. Spend some time during each day telling the Lord how thankful you are for all of His gifts. At the top of the list is the indescribable gift of His Son Jesus; given for us that through Him we might receive forgiveness for our sins and the promise of eternal life (Jn. 3:16).
Life is a gift from God; one that we should never take for granted. Be thankful today. Have a Happy Thanksgiving 🙂