Gratitude in a Gimme’ World

The Bible says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (I Thessalonians 5:18).

On May 23, 1775, Patrick Henry uttered those unparalleled words, “…Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”  Vance Havner well-perceived that many people of today simply say, “Give me…”

As a Christian, it ought never be difficult to be grateful.  Our thankfulness to God for His innumerable blessings on our lives ought to lie near the surface of the soil in our hearts. 

It is because our Lord uttered many great, “take me’s” and not “give me’s” during His earthly ministry that my salvation was purchased at Calvary.  Christ became the supreme sacrifice for sin by giving it all away.  The Apostle Paul said, “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes, he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”  I have received all because Christ gave it all to me! 

As a child of God, I come from a Savior and a long line of men and women who loved God, served God and gave it all away, not considering their lives dear unto themselves.  It is the image of Christ in their lives I seek to emulate. 

Let us stop for a few moments today and everyday and go to the Lord in prayer: not to say “give me” but to “take me.”  That is the only reasonable thing to do (Romans 12:1-2) in light of all that God has done for us.

Happy THANKSGiving!

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