Are you a grateful person? As you go through your day, are you ever mindful of what the Father has done for you in and through Christ, spilling over in joyful gratitude to Him? Or are you unthankful and unappreciative, forever grumbling and complaining about almost everything?
“Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:20)
If you have ever been around a complainer–someone who seems forever unhappy about something–you can vouch for the fact that it is not a pleasant thing. It seems that no matter what blessings God sends their way, they never see them. Yet the truth of the matter is that incessant dissatisfaction and unhappiness with what we have is evidence of a serious problem–ingratitude.
In contrast to dissatisfaction with our lives, deep-seated and lasting happiness–what the Bible calls joy–is the result of a recognition of and thankfulness for what God has and continues to do for us, which spills over in us into thanks to God. So what, exactly, do we have that we should be grateful for?
Apart from the very tangible and practical material blessings God blesses His people with in different ways, there are some very specific spiritual blessings each and every one of us have and continue to receive from Him. According to Ephesians chapter 1:
–-He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ;
—He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world (why? that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love);
—He predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of His glory;
—He made us accepted in the Beloved [Jesus];
—He gave us redemption in Christ through His blood, and the forgiveness of sins;
—He made the riches of His grace abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
—He made known to us the mystery of His will (that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth) according to His good pleasure which He purposes in Himself;
—He gave us an inheritance in Christ;
—He sealed us with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is a guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession [us!], to the praise of His glory.
So, are you still miserable, even now refusing to recognize everything God has done and continues to do for you in and through Christ? Or will you henceforth be ever mindful of His many blessings, “giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ?”
Thank You for for what You have done and continue to do for us in and through Christ! Amen!