We are privileged to live in one of the most blessed and prosperous nations in the world. We are also privileged to live in one of the most blessed and prosperous seasons and times of the history of the world. There is more opportunity for people to succeed now than at any other period of history. Yet in the midst of this prosperous and blessed place and period we still see people being so ungrateful and unthankful. One casual stroll through the coffee shop will cause you to hear people complaining about the economy – the election results – the state of our world. Eavesdrop in many church lobbies and you may hear people criticize someone else in the church or complain about some aspect of the service not measuring up to their level of expectation. Read the blogs and RSS feeds over the internet and you will find people exploding with dislike over the condition of our world. In the midst of what should be the greatest of times – why are people plagued with such ingratitude? It is very easy to find the answer to that unfortunate question. The Bible says that ingratitude is a sign that we are living in the end times. Jesus is coming soon – and ingratitude is one of the earmarks that His coming is just around the corner. Listen to what Paul the Apostle wrote:
2 Timothy 3:1 –This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy
It is not by accident that unthankful is listed right next to unholy. The more that sin abounds in this world – the more ungrateful people will become. They are of one and the selfsame spirit. Wow – that is a bold statement! Yet if we are to be accurate we must conclude that if being covetous is a sin – then so is being unthankful. If boasting and being proud is a sin – then so is being unthankful. If blaspheming God is a sin – then so is being unthankful. We must be careful to not be guilty of committing the sin of being unthankful!
How do you know if you are unthankful? Listen to yourself talk for a short time. You will discover that the true attitude of your heart is revealed by the words that you speak for… “of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” (Luke 6:45)
- Are you critical of people when they don’t measure up to your level of expectation?
- Do you complain about the conditions of your life?
- Do you tend to see the negative in every person and every situation rather than the positive?
- Do people avoid being around you because they know you will “dampen” the enthusiasm of any group?
These are all symptoms that you have fallen into the sin of ingratitude. I encourage you to take a serious look at your heart and mind and see if you are an ungrateful person.
- Thankful people are happy Appreciation brings a smile not only to your face but to the face of those around you.
- Thankful people are also healthy Being emotionally healthy helps you to be physically healthy.
- Thankful people are holy We are commanded to be thankful (1 Thessalonians 5:18) and holiness means we walk in obedience to God’s commands.
Gratitude is a choice that will change your life and make you a better person. Take a moment today and say thank you; first to God and then to someone else. Just see if it brightens your day!