Why Aren’t You Grateful?

Therefore since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. – Hebrews 12:28 NIV

When my family first brought Willow home from the shelter, she was a big, goofy, lovable dog with a major defiant streak. She had not been taught any manners by her previous owners and was, therefore, a very difficult dog.

On one occasion when she was being particularly disobedient, I got down on the ground, held her big head in my hands and said, “Willow, we rescued you from an uncertain future in a scary shelter and brought you here, where we take care of your every need and love you and sacrifice time and money for your — why aren’t you grateful?”

I was immediately struck by my own words.

Why am I not grateful? Christ saved me from certain death, washed away my sins with His own blood, justified me, and adopted me into his family, where He loves me with a perfect, undefiled love. Instead of being grateful, I live a life where I’m the priority, where I defiantly act as though I don’t need God by nonchalantly choosing worthless things over my time with Him. I pray as though He owes me something instead of the other way around. I minimize the sacrifice of His Son on the cross by repeatedly going back to the sins that He bled for. And yet He still loves me fiercely and will never give up on me.

Ask yourself, ‘Why am I not grateful?’

Lord I worship You with reverence and awe for what you have done for me. And through personal reflection of all these wonderful things, I am learning to be more grateful. Amen.

*Barbour Books


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