I get it! I get it! I finally “get” the big deal about giving thanks.
Over and over, Scripture tells us to give thanks in everything and at all times. I’ve tried to make this a personal habit and have encouraged others to do so, believing it’s an action that changes us from the inside out and makes us more Christlike. While I hold to my conviction, I’ve discovered another fascinating element about giving thanks – it’s an action that will take place even in heaven. It’s something we’ll do forever and ever, amen.
Revelation 4:9 says, “Whenever the living beings give glory and honor and thanks to the one sitting on the throne, the one who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the one who lives forever and ever.”
Obviously, giving thanks to God is an activity of eternal nature. God HImself must put HUGE value on it, or He wouldn’t include it as one of the heavenly happenings. If it’s that important to Him, it must be worth a lot. And as far as I see it, if we’re going to be doing it forever and ever, we may as well begin now and practice often. So, here’s my today’s thankful tidbit…
As I ponder the meaning of Christmas, I’m thankful for God’s immeasurable love. It boggles my mind to think He gave up His rights as God and came to earth as a tiny baby so I could someday be reconciled to Him and become His daughter. It baffles me to think He died in my place. And it bewilders me to think that, because of what He did for me, I will someday pass from here to heaven to live forever in His presence. As the lyrics of a popular praise chorus go, “I’m forever grateful for the cross.”
What are you thankful for today?