What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?
The other day I came across this question. It’s quite staggering if you think about what you actually thanked God for yesterday; most of the time it’s not much. I’ve never wanted to be one of those people who just asks for things from God, but sometimes I tend to be exactly that person.
After dwelling on the thought of thankfulness for a bit, I came to a conclusion.
I don’t want the “things” that I thanked God for yesterday.
I don’t need things.
I need Jesus.
Did I thank God for His Son yesterday? Did I remember the work Jesus Christ did for me on the cross? Did I think twice about the state of my being when the Lord saved my life?
If I woke up with no Jesus today – Wow, what would my life be?
Thankfulness comes when we take a moment to stop, take a step back, and actually look at all that our lives are. But how often do we take the time to stop and give thanks? Thankfulness isn’t usually immediate or constant for us. For some reason we’ve all lived as if we are entitled to the things we have. Most of us believe we’ve earned our positions and we’ve worked hard for the things that we own.
As followers of Christ, we have surrendered our lives to Him. Anything good that comes from us is because of Him and for Him. With Jesus in our lives, there is no room to boast. There is no room for us to take any of the credit. If we believe that credit should be given where it’s due, well then Jesus Christ is the one who deserves all the thanks.
When we stop, take a step back, and look at what He has done in our lives, how can we not thank Him? He has completely saved our lives from physical and spiritual death. And not only that, but He has given us blessing on top of blessing. He has promised us great things and has given us a blessed hope to look forward to. He has welcomed us into His family. I would say not giving thanks and not thinking about Jesus, go hand in hand. It’s hard to thank Him when our minds and hearts aren’t fixed on Him. Thanksgiving flows out when we intentionally remember all that He has done, focus on all that He is doing, and hope for all that He has promised He will do. It’s more than just the material things that we should be thankful for. It’s about seeing Jesus for who He is and understanding that the two simple words, “Thank You,” are the least we can say to show how deeply grateful we are for all that He has done.
I’m thankful for so many things, and if I counted my blessings they would be more than I can count, but what I’m most thankful for is the love that Jesus has for me. We could make a never-ending list of what all we could thank our Savior for, but here are a few that we could start with –
Thank Him for redeeming us (Colossians 1:13-14).
Thank Him for always being with us (Matthew 28:18-20).
Thank Him for loving us as His own (Galatians 4:4-7).
Thank Him for forgiving us for our sins (I John 1:9).
Thank Him for His Son, who so humbly and lovingly gave Himself only and all for us (Philippians 2:5-8).
“in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Today and everyday, in every moment, let’s thank Him.