Dear Partners in Prayer,
Although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1:21) When we are grateful for what God has done for us, He gets all the credit! We have conceded that God is the giver and benefactor and therefore, glorious. But when we are ungrateful, it means that we deny His providence.
The root of ingratitude is the love of one's own impressiveness. We are fallen people who by nature love our own glory more than the glory of God. We are reluctant to thank God as the One who has given us everything we are and have. Genuine gratitude admits that we are unworthy recipients. We are "wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." (Revelation 3:17) Therefore, if we love our own glory, and prize our own self-sufficiency, and hate to think of ourselves as sin-sick and helpless, we will never have genuine gratitude. "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners" (Mark 2:17). Jesus can do nothing for those of us who insist we are well. Jesus demands an enormous sacrifice of us: that we admit we are insignificant and completely undeserving. This month we will look at being thankful.
Love in the Name of Christ