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November 25, 2017, 5:00 AM

If gratitude measures the condition of one’s heart, how would you describe the current condition of your heart?



So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7

 

Looking back, Thanksgiving was more than just food, family, and football. In the midst of the Macy’s Day parade, turkey-induced nap, getting together with loved ones and watching the team we hate the most lose the big game, we had the opportunity to reflect on the many ways we have been blessed.  We paused and gave thanks. The Bible speaks very clearly about this idea of thanksgiving. In Psalm 69:30-31, the author says, “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hooves.”

 

Why is our gratitude so valuable to God? Our gratitude is something we possess that God desires. The sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifies God more than any effort we can bring to God. Why does it have such great worth in His eyes? Our gratitude magnifies God and is our acknowledgment that God is good in all things. Gratitude is our best attempt to express the truth of God’s goodness.  Even though we will never be able to truly express it, thanksgiving is our human way of magnifying Him and setting Him apart as He is. There is an element of both recognition and expression in our gratitude. A thankful heart shapes and forms us, leading us to express our praise in worship. The purest form of thanksgiving involves valuing God above all else and recognizing His holiness.

 

But, there is another purpose behind our gratitude. Stability, gratitude, and generosity serve as markers to help us measure our spiritual maturity. When things don’t go our way, how do we respond? Do we question God’s goodness? Are we quick to freak out? Do our hearts drift towards entitlement? Or, in the midst of everything, both the good and the bad, is there a humble stability present in our lives? Gratitude measures the condition of our heart and helps us regulate our lives. If gratitude measures the condition of one’s heart, how would you describe the current condition of your heart? What are you thankful for today?

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, allow me to praise you in the midst of any situation I face. Lord may my life overflow with gratitude. Jesus help me to realize that You love me and work everything out for my good. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.


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