Have you ever seen someone that was given a special gift that they were not expecting to receive? Have you noticed the unbridled gratefulness that spills out of that person toward the one who gave the gift? Have you also seen a person who thought they were “owed” the gift they received, and almost seemed disappointed to receive less than what they expected? On the one hand, you see a person who cannot stop being thankful; on the other hand, you see a person who seems to be “thankless.” There is a story in our New Testament that illustrates the huge difference between these two. It is a story about a woman that met Jesus and found forgiveness for something she thought was unforgivable. Jesus’ said this about her: “Wherefore I say unto thee, her sins which were many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little” (Luke 7:47).
The story of this woman touches my heart every time I read it. She demonstrated her extreme thankfulness to her Savior by her gift of perfume, her tears, and her absolute humility! When was the last time you poured your heart out to God and thanked Him for your salvation? When was the last time you thanked God for the forgiveness of that sin that you repeatedly commit? When was the last time you thanked God for not giving you what you absolutely deserved? When was the last time you thanked God that one day your feet will touch streets of gold instead of flames of fire? You have much to be thankful for … so why are we generally so ungrateful?
I believe if we are honest with ourselves, one of the main reasons this is true of so many of us is that we have joined in with the worldly thinking of our day that we are really not that bad. We have learned to justify, explain, and rationalize our sin to the point that we don’t think it’s all that bad. We have a skewed view of sin … we are looking at it from our viewpoint, rather than from the viewpoint of our perfect God. Do not fall into this trap today. Realize that you are a sinner that has been saved by the almighty grace of God. Thank Jesus for taking the punishment for your sin on the cross of Calvary and extending grace to you instead. Thank the Holy Spirit of God for the conviction He brings when we disappoint God. Stop and give thanks today for the manifold blessings of God He has demonstrated to you that you have not earned. Like the woman of this story … we ought never to get over the fact that God gave us grace instead of justice! Thank Him today!
“Beware of a man who favors his superiors but is rude to his inferiors.” – Bob Jones Sr.