Why We Should Give Thanks

--This post is not my original--

However, thankfulness is a lacking attribute today


I. The Example Of Christ. The word "Christian" itself suggests the though of "Christ-like." The Savior’s life was saturated with a spirit of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is not so much a day as it is an attitude. We are told in Matt. 26:27 that before Christ took the cup at the Lord’s Supper, He offered thanks, then he urged them all to drink of the cup. Before he multiplied the loaves and fishes in John 6:11, Christ gave thanks before the food was distributed. In John 11:41 Jesus thanked the Father as He stood by the grave of Lazarus. You are never more like Christ when you have a spirit of thanksgiving.

II. The Engagement Of The Heavenly Hosts. In Rev. 4:9 the beasts are expressing thanksgiving toward God. In Rev. 7:11-12, the elders and the four beasts fall on their faces and worship God- rendering thanks unto Him. In Rev. 11:16, the four and twenty elders, which speak of the church, are giving thanks unto Almighty God. If the atmosphere of heaven is filled with thanksgiving, then certainly the atmosphere of our lives, our homes and our churches should be also.

III. The Expectancy Of The Holy Scriptures. Psalm 50:14 says," Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High. Phil 4:6 declares, "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." The Bible expects us to give thanks unto the Lord.

IV. The Expression Of Our Faith. Our faith is to express the good in life. Ps 92:1 says, "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High." It is good because it moves others to thankfulness and makes them spiritually thirsty.

Author- Dr. Tom Walker

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