The Center Of It All
We have so very much to be grateful for, more things than we can even fathom.
Man's rebellion against God was and is, the lack of a thankful heart.
Gratitude is at the center of our faith.
2 Timothy 3:1 But know this, that in the last days perilous (Dangerous)times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
You cannot be Holy and unthankful.
Psalms 100:1 A Psalm of Thanksgiving. Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! 2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.
3 Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 5 For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.
He is worthy of a joyful shout.
Psalms 16:11 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
God wants us to express our gratitude to the Lord in an audible and public manner.
2. He is worthy of service
Service to the Lord implies three things:
Remember, God is more concerned with what we are than what we do.
Deuteronomy 28:47 "Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything, 48 "therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the LORD will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything; and He will put a yoke of iron on your neck until He has destroyed you.
He told them they would be cursed if they did not serve the Lord with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart for the abundance of all things.
3. He alone is God
No one else deserves our service like He does.
He is God.
He must be first in our lives.
Before our career, before our family, before our children, before our wife, before our own desires, before everything.
God must be first.
4. He is worthy of our praise
To praise means to Bless
When the Scripture tells us to bless the Lord it is telling us that we must profess, acknowledge, accredit, recognize, and confess with our words and deeds that God alone is the source of all true happiness and blessings in life.
5. God is good.
There is no one else about whom these things can be said.
Here are 3 simple suggestions that I think will help you gain and maintain an attitude of gratitude in your life.
A. Take note
B. Take inventory
C. Take action
Turn your attitude of gratitude into an action of appreciation.
Do something good for someone else.
Does your life presently demonstrate a sense of gratitude to God?
When others see you, are they aware that you live your life for Someone else to whom you owe a great debt?
Is there joy in your life?