Thoughts about thanksgiving (4)

I’ve been blogging and thinking about the importance of thanksgiving in the Christian life. Here is the next reason why thanksgiving is so important.

Thankfulness means that life can be done “to the Lord” and for his glory. Here is Romans 14:6:

He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.

Ask yourself this… What can be done to the glory of God?

Can Preaching be done to the glory of God? What about leading worship? Or serving or singing in the local church? Most would answer yes to each of these questions without needing to think for too long.

But here is another question: Can you eat a steak for the glory of God? Or can you read a book for the glory of God? What about watching a film for the glory of God? Now it might depend on the book or the film, but that’s not the point. Can these things be done for the glory of God?

Could it be that a simple act of sincere thanksgiving makes the difference between eating a steak for the sake of your own appetite, and doing so for the glory of God? “He who eats meat” says Paul “eats to the Lord for he gives thanks to God”

So in practice, the discipline of sincerely saying grace, means that God is glorified. Taking a moment to thank God for the imagination of a writer or for the skill of a composer honours God by recognising that these things are gracious tokens of his love too.

To be honest this is a challenge for me. My default mode is so often to simply assume my right to enjoy the good things around me rather than to look for common grace and to seek to live gratefully. God grant me eyes to see the ever present tokens of his benevolence and a grateful heart to thank him.

These thoughts are developed from a sermon preached on our Harvest Sunday this year. You can hear the sermon here.

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