Definition of thankful: conscious of benefit received
Definition of grateful: appreciative of benefits received
You may look at me and say; “Aww semantics!” I hear you however words have meanings. If we are only conscious of the benefits received how does that benefit us? Whereas appreciative that leads to action. Appreciative is having or showing appreciation.
This thanksgiving you should show your gratitude in three concrete actions.
First, thank God.
“For though they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became worthless, and their senseless hearts were darkened.” (CSB, Ro 1:21)The writers of the Old Testament knew this well. For the Hebrews gratitude to God was the only condition in which life could be enjoyed. They thanked God for His influence in the Universe. (Psalm 19:1-4; 33:6-9)
Second, show Jesus Christ.
“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (CSB, 2 Co 9:15) To know Jesus is to worship Him. Paul writes these words about gratitude because that is our natural response to the work Christ did on the cross. If you have read my post on Colossians you would see that Paul uses the theme of the coming kingdom of Jesus Christ. Because those of us who are in Christ are now entered into the kingdom, because of this our lives should be transformed as pilgrims in exile expressing gratitude for another year.
The third way to show your gratitude is to love others.
We are partners in the gospel of Jesus Christ. This year we must gather with other believers and respond with love to one another. In Eph 1:15 Paul talks about the love for all the saints. What ways are you showing the love for the saints?
This year gather with your family. But keep these three ways to show your gratitude to God our Father in Jesus Christ. Reach out to those who are isolated, thank God, show Jesus and love others. May this season be one of gratitude not only for our earthly blessings but also of our spiritual blessings.