As Christians, we should be thankful for God’s blessings (a noun identifying the gifts bestowed), not only in word but also in deed. (1 John 3:17).
Being thankful – truly thankful – is more than a matter of words. It should be apparent by the way we live our lives that we appreciate God’s goodness and His grace.
Are we thankful for our families? Let’s show it by treating them more lovingly.
Are we thankful for our material possessions? Let’s be good stewards of them by using them in the Lord’s work.
Are we thankful for our friends? Let’s demonstrate it by being a better friend to them.
Are we thankful for the gospel? Let’s prove it by sharing it with everybody around us.
It is a circle…through God’s Grace (that is giving us what we do not deserve) He blesses us. In receiving these blessing with a proper heart, we are thankful. Being thankful, we go to God in prayer with rejoicing and thanksgiving and this glorifies our Father. He hears us, answers according to His will, more blessings come, we are thankful, and the process continues.
This is what Jesus did. We know from the Bible that while Jesus was a man, He gave thanks to God the Father for the revelation of His will (Matt 11:25), for food (John 6:11), for hearing His prayer (John 11:41-42), for the unleavened bread/fruit of the vine (Mark 14:22-23) as a few examples. These are examples we can emulate in our thanksgiving
The first century Christians did, and we should. If we follow Jesus, we deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him…with thanksgiving. Thankful for the revealed word (Eph 3:3-5), for our food (Acts 27:35), for His hearing our prayers (1 john 5:14-15), for the body and blood of Christ (1 Cor 11:23; 26), and for the gift of Jesus in our lives (Rom 7:24-25; 2 Cor 9:15).
If we take time to be thankful, every moment of every day…and count our blessings, there will be a difference in our lives such as:
Counting blessings takes the focus off our problems, cares, anxieties and worries.
Counting blessings puts the focus on our God, our Father, the source of all blessings.
Counting blessings reminds us that GOD is there, that our Father cares, strengthening our faith.
Counting blessings fills our hearts with joy!
Counting blessings reminds us that we are blessed!
God wants a people. He wants a people characterized by thankfulness. If we are His child, He will dwell with us, walk among us, be our God, be our Abba Father (2 Cor 6:16).
Count the blessings God has given you today (and every day). Enjoy them to His glory. Tell Him all about your great day…and even if the day isn’t the greatest. He is glorified in that and your relationship with Him will not disappoint. He will bless you. You will be thankful. You will talk to Him. You will make other’s aware of Him if you do. I am thankful for that.