We are landing on the idea of gratitude but it is important that we look to the scriptures to see what Jesus has to say about giving thanks. He spoke the oceans into existence and gave them firm borders of how far they were allowed to come. He spun the galaxies into motion and threw the stars into the midnight sky, naming every one of them. Yet, when Jesus came to earth, He set a beautiful example for us of what it means to give thanks. The one who provides all that we need, created all that there is, took time to continuously thank the Father.
To us - that says, “it matters.” The Son of God never does anything that does not have the upmost importance and He never asks of us something He hasn’t already set the example for. So, we can know that He want us to have this spirit of giving thanks but we can take a deep breath because we don’t have to figure this out on our own. He has shown us what it looks like. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, thanked God for them, and broke them into pieces. He gave them to the disciples, who distributed the food to the crowd.
Matthew 15:36 Jesus responded, ‘Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me;” John 11:40-42 When Jesus gave thanks, great things followed. He gave thanks for the bread and fish the feeding of the 5000 happened. He gave thanks for the fact God heard His prayer and His dear friend Lazarus rose from the dead.
One of the most significant times that Jesus gave thanks was the before the Passover meal. He sat around a table, surrounded by His disciples, knowing that in just a short time He would be nailed to the cross. He was aware of the suffering that was about to take place and what did He do? He stood up in front of a room full of people and gave thanks. When Jesus gave thanks, great things followed. In this case, what was to follow was the spotless lamb being slain, bringing our
Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying,
"Take and eat; this is my body," Matthew 26:26
Jesus shows us that giving thanks is something we have over complicated. If you are looking for an equation of how to reach this spirit of thanksgiving, Jesus has given it. You pause. You acknowledge the fact everything we receive comes from God and God alone.
Pause + Praise = thanksgiving
If you want to be more like Jesus, be more thankful. If you want great things to come, start with giving thanks.
Jesus expressed gratitude time after time. If He offered thanks, should we not follow in His footsteps?