Psalm 100:4-5 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
I have come to realize that a heart of thanksgiving is one of the most important kingdom attitudes to carry. The Message translation of the Bible says that “Thank you” is the kingdom password giving you access to the courts of God!
There are so many things to be grateful for starting with the Lord Himself and what He has done in our lives. For all the people, opportunities and blessings He brings into and bestows upon our lives. Don’t be the person who is only thankful until they see someone with more. Their gratitude is then replaced with a complaining or a covetous spirit. Covetousness is idolatry and caused Israel to remain in the wilderness for 40 long years!
When you talk to people who have had life-threatening experiences, one thing you will always hear them say is how thankful they are for every day. That is the heart attitude we need to carry into and declare every day.
Gratitude is never invisible nor silent. Just imagine if a husband never bought his wife anything for their anniversary and forgot to say thank you to her for marrying him. He would be sleeping outside! Likewise, when it comes to God, thankfulness should not be invisible nor silent. We should be bringing the Lord a gift of thankfulness and declaring our praise and thanksgiving toward Him.
Proverbs 3:9 says Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of your increase.
When people declare with their mouths their love for God but refuse to support it with offerings, their worship is missing something – it’s empty.
Gratitude teaches you not to take things for granted – like your health, your family, and your church.
I recall many years ago when I sustained a severe sporting injury that would normally put a person out of action for three months. But I was on crutches for 18 long months and could not walk for more than 20 meters without experiencing excruciating pain. I couldn’t do any of the things I’d previously taken for granted. I couldn’t go for a walk with my wife or kick the football with my son. But I remember, after having another operation with a sports specialist in Sydney and after the recovery, walking with no pain. It was like the greatest day of my life! I hadn’t won the lottery, I didn't receive a promotion, I didn’t buy a new home – I was just able to walk again, pain-free.
It is amazing how your outlook on life changes when something you took for granted, was nearly lost.
Carry a heart of gratitude, always. Be grateful to God, for your family and your church family – they are great blessings in life.