Thanksgiving is a command. It is not optional for the Christian. It is the natural response to God’s grace. In this country we are blessed abundantly. Even the poorest people would be considered wealthy in many parts of the world. It is easy to accept the abundance of blessings with the feeling that we deserve them. Rather than thanksgiving a spirit of dissatisfaction may arise within us. We compare ourselves with others who seem to be more blessed. We want more. Rather than being thankful for what we have, we grumble for what we do not have.
Ingratitude hurts when parents experience it from their children. Imagine what ingratitude looks like when it is expressed toward the Giver of all good things, our Lord. Ingratitude is no trivial slight. It is a serious matter. It is what you would expect from people who do not know the Lord. But, for the Christian we should always be grateful whatever our circumstances. This was the lesson that Paul knew so well. Whether in want or plenty he was thankful. A thankful heart is a contented heart. The Bible says, “Be thankful.” Again, it says “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”
Whether little things or big things we should be thankful. All we have and can do comes from the grace of our Lord. Every day is an occasion for thanksgiving. This is a simple thing but living thankfully and expressing thanks impresses people. People are drawn to thankful people. Let’s be thankful. It is the proper response to the goodness of God!