by: FCC Staff
“Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High.”
A “thank you” can do more for your soul than anything you could receive from somebody. Just hearing those words can give you a good feeling. It can lift your spirits and it can make you forget about your problems for the day. It has a magical effect on you. How I long to hear it at times! Scripture says that God enjoys hearing it too. You can give Him your tithe, or half of what you possess in offerings, and He accepts it as what you owe Him. He expects it from you like it’s already His. It’s what you have already determined to give Him. Your tithe is given because He has asked for it, but your thanksgiving is a strictly voluntary, willing act on your part.
A spontaneous “thank you” is what makes Him happy! Nothing you have—whether material or spiritual in nature, can make Him happier. The writer of Hebrews says it this way, “Through Him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.” (Hebrews 13:15) But don’t let it be done in a casual manner--not in pretense, or by means of a ritual. Let it be said like you couldn’t mean it with any more depth of feeling! You’ll feel good about yourself as well! You’ve given recognition to God as the One from whom everything you have comes!
Prayer for today: Forgive me God for the many times I should have said “thank you,” and didn’t. Help me to know that everything I possess comes from you and never as something that I’ve come by myself. Amen.