An old time evangelist was going to hold a revival and stopped in a small town to eat supper. He saw a young boy about 8 years old at the table next to him. He noticed that his family had said ‘thanks’ for their meal. Impressed, he said to the boy, “Son, does everyone around here say ‘Thank you’ at their meals?
The small boy looked over at the reacher and said, “The hogs don’t.”
Can you imagine someone receiving from the hands of our almighty God, both spiritual and material, blessings and not being grateful? I can’t either, but for 19 years I didn’t care really much just how much good He did to me. I was somewhat like an ungrateful dog eating his meal and going on my merry way.
I didn’t realize my next breath or heartbeat was God given. I was so absorbed in my life that I cared very little about anyone except me. Appreciation was not a strong suit in my life. I hardly noticed the beauty of all, or the glory of spring and summer. The goodness of snow cream or the fun of sledding was taken for granted. I don’t remember stopping to thank the Lord for the colors of fail or the beauty of spring flowers. I don’t suppose I ever thought to thank Him for warming the pond or creek waters for us to swim in.
If anything I have written seems familiar, then join with me in saying, “Father, I’m sorry I have been such an ingrate most of my life!”
Does Jesus expect us to be thankful? In our title text He tells us, ‘In everything give thanks for this is the Will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you!”
In Luke 17:11-19, particular attention is given to the thankfulness. Ten men had leprosy. They lifted up their voices asking Jesus to heal them. He gave them instruction to be healed. Only one of those who was healed came back to thank Jesus (Vs. 1516), Jesus asked the pointed question, “Were there not 10 healed, where are the nine?”
May we all be thankful especially if you know Jesus, thank Him for the gift of salvation. Hear the words of this song. Thank you Lord for saving my soul. Thank you Lord for making me whole. Thank you Lord for giving to me, Thy great salvation, so full and free.