Thankfulness doesn’t come from circumstances. It comes from the condition of the heart.
I was reading verses on thankfulness in the Bible, and I thought what does Jesus have to say on thankfulness or gratitude.
The following passage came to mind.
12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him–and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
A couple of things jump out at me from this passage. First, 90% of the men healed didn’t come to say back to say thanks. Jesus found this notable. I am amazed at my own ability to take many huge blessings in my life for granted, forgetting to give God thanks.
Secondly, Jesus gave the one who came back, a second healing. I’m not sure what was healed the second time, but I imagine that it must have been greater than being healed of leprosy. Something deep, spiritual, lasting, and life changing. Perhaps eternal. To be healed of a sin sick soul. To be healed of a wounded heart. To be healed for all eternity, To receive from the Son of God, His full blessing. Healed from the effects of sin and death.
So gratitude to God, can lead to Jesus saying. “Rise” and “Go.”
If the kingdom is one of the heart, then gratitude to God would evidence a heart that has thrown itself at the feet of Jesus to thank Him.
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God.
May all our hearts be full of Thanksgiving and so receive the full blessing of Christ.