An Attitude of Gratitude
- Written by Lon Lorton Lon Lorton
“Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29
Grateful people live with an attitude of gratitude. Do you have a grateful heart? If you do, you can be infectious to others. When was the last time you said ‘thank you’ to someone and showed your appreciation for them? A month ago we were reminded to show gratitude for all that God and others have done for us and how much they mean to us. Are you still showing gratitude, or have the Memorial Day sales lasted longer than your gratitude?
The writer of Hebrews said, “Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe…”
God loves a grateful heart. Gratitude shows humility and it allows us to recognize that God is the One who provides everything I need to be where I am and have what I’ve got.
Read 2 Timothy 3:1-5. Look closely at Paul’s long list of cultural problems: “You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!”
Did you notice the word that’s easy to read right over? It's nearly hidden among the many other descriptive words that seem so much worse. The word is "ungrateful." A lack of gratitude doesn’t seem to be all that bad, at least not compared with the others in Paul’s long list of people to avoid. The truth is that ingratitude is at the root of the "last days sins." An ungrateful heart assumes that I am the only reason for all that I am and all that I have. Ingratitude is the root of pride. It is, according to the Bible, humility that produces a grateful heart. Hebrews 12 calls it our “acceptable service.” Could I suggest we make a list of folks we are grateful for – and then let them know how much we appreciate them? And if they are no longer living, simply let God know how appreciative we are that He placed these people in our lives for a season. Give thanks for all that God has done. Let’s be specific in our praise; I believe God would like that.
Blessed to be here,