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Thanksgiving to God Part 1: Willingness

for I know your willingness, about which I boast of you to the Macedonians.

2 Corinthians 9:2

Thankfulness is the heart of a grateful person resounding with both words and deeds. Part of being thankful is a change from being self-centered to being centered on the one who has done something remarkable or incredible for us. Being thankful has the ability to change our lives.

Charles Spurgeon, a famous Christians leader, said, It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. Enjoyment is a choice, just like thankfulness and gratitude. God chose to enjoy us. God chose to save us. He did this by sending His only begotten Son to die on the Cross for our sins. When we finally see the reality of God's great love piercing the darkness of lives, we become thankful and grateful. The Great Gift Giver willingly stepped into the mess of our lives and gave us Hope! Our journey isn't over yet; Hope starts here.

That is the beginning of our journey--finding God's love. And when we find it, our whole worldview is changed from seeking self to seeking God. This is when we become willing participants in the the things of God. Paul said to the Thessalonians how much he cared for them and was delighted to not only share God's Word with them, but also his own life. (I Thessalonians 2:8) He told the Philippian church that he was being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of their faith. (Philippians 2:17) He was willing to be a vessel of God's goodness for the lives of others. He no longer lived for Himself, but for Jesus and His will.

This is what God wants from us. He wants us to be willing followers of Him and what He is doing in the lives of others. When we are willing to follow His leading, we will find ourselves laying up treasures in Heaven--because that is the very heart of God at work in our lives--loving others through us. This doesn't mean just giving money to the church. It means giving our lives to cause of Jesus. It means that we have been so touched by God's mercy towards us that we willingly offer it all back to Him. (Romans 12:1)

Blessings to you!

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