Everything the believer does — if only he does it as in God’s presence and as a service to God — it is a priestly service, well-pleasing to God. ‘Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God’ (1 Corinthians 10.31). ‘Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.’ (Colossians 3.17). In this way, all our actions become thank-offerings to God.
The beginning of men’s rebellion against God was, and is, the lack of a thankful heart.
We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the small (and yet really not so small!) gifts we receive daily. How can God entrust great things to those who will not gratefully receive the little things from God’s hand?
Growth in character occurs to the degree that we accept being forgiven as greater than life itself. If the gift is not what I see but how I am seen by God, then my gratitude knows no limits. It can grow immeasurably as I suffer through the loss of illusions, the death of dreams, and the shattering of success.
The word gratitude may need a little explanation. It comes from the same word as freedom. When something is gratis, we consider it free. Gratitude is the freeing expression of a free heart toward one who freely gave.
Thankfulness is a flower which will never bloom well except upon a root of deep humility.