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Gospel-Centered & Driven Gratitude

April 21, 2008

“The greatest ingratitude we can achieve is when we forget that what we have we’ve received!”

Quite possibly one of the greatest atrocities committed by non-Christians and Christians alike is a deep sense of ingratitude toward God and His Goodness. Forgetfulness of the goodness and rich mercy of God is typically the root cause of this atrocious ingratitude. When we forget how truly kind and merciful God has been to not only withhold His righteous wrath and judgment everyday of life but to also abundantly bless all creatures with life, breath, and the ability to pursue happiness, one becomes increasingly ungrateful and enters into a state of constant complaining and inappreciativeness. This is in a sense nothing other than idolatry and blasphemous. It means that we have now become dependent on ourselves for what we need and want out of life and have reduced ourselves to covetousness, jealousy, greed, extreme discontent for what we have been given. Because we forget that what we have has been given to us by a force outside of ourselves: God!

Surely the best solution to resolve this blatant sin attack upon Heaven is: re-embracing the Gospel. To check ourselves to make sure we truly believe the Gospel, its inner and outer workings. One of the most timeless and precious truths of the Gospel is this: that God graciously gave Himself to the world to redeem for Himself a people who did not acknowledge Him nor were they thankful to Him but rather worshiped the creature instead of Him, who alone is worthy of all worship, praise, adoration and glory! God gave His only Son up for our good and His glory when we could never earn it or deserve it. That’s what grace is. When we forget to remind ourselves of this daily, we are in essence refusing to believe and live out the Gospel. This is the root of every type of sin, whether its idolatry, lust, anger, greed, hatred, lack of forgiveness, or passing false judgment its all a result of forgetting the Gospel.

It is the height of pride and arrogance to come to the point in our walk with Christ where we forget that everything we have, everything, has been given to us by God. Everything we experience in life, whether hardship, trial, or great prosperity is all the mercy and grace of our good and great God. In Christ we experience no absence of any good thing. And if we are seeking first His kingdom and all His righteousness and ask according to His will, He will grant the desires of our heart. Think of Romans 8:32, “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” God who did not even spare His own Son but gave Him to us, will He not give us all things in Christ? What a promise from the great promise maker and keeper!

Saints, trust in God today. Stop complaining and living as if you have earned all you possess by some great work or power you have done. Stop worrying and wondering why you don’t have, why you can’t get, why you can’t find, or why you aren’t allowed to obtain certain things; much of which is probably stuff you don’t need anyway. God gives to His children what they need, who are much more worthy to Him than the birds (Matthew 6). If we can be re captivated by the Gospel and recapture its great sufficiency to provide all we need in this world and the next, our ingratitude will turn into gratitude.

Believe the Gospel. Believe God. Study Gospel Truths. Remember whose you are. Remember who you are. Remember how you became what you are. Remember how you possessed what you have: you received it because it was graciously given to you. And remember the greatest gift of the Gospel: God Himself!

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One Comment
  1. yhoshua permalink

    Good Stuff! Very well put.

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