15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
We live in a world of “canned responses.”
What do I mean?
When I say, “I’m sorry.” What are you supposed to say?
You know the answer. It’s a canned response.
When someone gives you something you are supposed to say, “Thank you.” It is a mannerism. True, it is good manners to say “thank you” but teaching thankfulness and gratitude is more than good manners. Gratitude is an attitude of the heart.
Disciples, followers of Jesus are to have gratitude to God in their heart. It’s not a mannerism. It is part of the essence of a disciple. Without Gratitude to God we are not disciples. Without Gratitude we can not teach and admonish one another with all wisdom. Without Gratitude we become legalistic. Without Gratitude we perform tasks that “must be done.” The life of a “Christian” becomes systematic. A life of a place to go. A time to attend. A task to perform. There is no passion.
A life without gratitude is not the life of a servant.
A gathering of people that does not have gratitude in their heart is a group, not a church.
A life without gratitude does not contribute to the body of Christ…church.
A group of people with lives lacking Gratitude can’t deliver a shout of deliverance.
So where does gratitude come from?