“Say Thank You.” How many times have we heard that, or said that over the last few days? Usually we hear it around children. Their parents have to remind them to communicate appreciation for the gift they just opened.
As children age, they usually automatically say “Thank You” with a smile for the gift they really value. It is often, however, the gifts that are not valued as much which require the prompt to say “Thank You”.
Being thankful for gifts can be difficult. It is hard to be thankful for the vehicle accident that uncovered the rare blood disease for which there had been no prior symptoms but if not caught would have been fatal. Appreciating the value of losing a job only to discover you now have more time to spend with your family can be a slow to respond thankfulness.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
Purpose has everything to do with thankfulness! The child who has “purpose” for the gift received freely expresses thankfulness because the gift has value to him. In the same way, we freely express thankfulness to God when we see the “purpose” of the gift and experience the value of what has been received.
As believers, we find comfort in Romans 8:28-29. These verses remind us everything that happens in the life of the one who follows God, invited by God to fulfil His purpose of conformity to His Son, are being worked together for the benefit of the follower. Therefore, there is purpose in the hard “gift” because there is a value being received from it.
God says “Say Thank You” to prompt us to value what He is doing in our life. Though the gifts we receive seem tragic and terrible, we can see value in them anyway. We say “Thank You”. We value them because we know that God is working them all for the purpose of conforming us to be conformed to His Only Begotten Son and that has value to us.
This Christmas, as we consider the greatest gift of God, let us say “Thank You”. God so loved the world that He gave the gift of Jesus. He gave the perfect Son of God to take our place and rescue us from the Kingdom of Darkness and transfer us to the Kingdom of His Dear Son. He has a purpose in sending Jesus. He gave Jesus as a gift. We see His purpose. We value the gift.
Have you said “Thank You” for the gift of Jesus? Do you feel a prompt from God to say “Thank You”? Do you truly value Christ, the Savior of the World?
Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Colossians 3:15
As we are ending the Christmas Season, let the gift of Jesus be in control in your thoughts, will, and emotions. He is the gift of God to you. It is His value to you that generates the thankfulness to God for the gift of His Dear Son. The more you value the gift, the more you are thankful for it.