Today, I want to bring “How to be Thankful in an Unthankful World.” My scripture text is
2 Timothy 3:1-5 where we see, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (KJV)
Our text truly paints an accurate picture of the society that we live in today. Please notice with me the seventh characteristic of the day in which we live. That characteristic is “unthankful.” As a whole, an unthankful attitude abounds in the citizenry of our nation, among the government leaders in this country and has even crept into the hearts of many in churches all around us. This matter of being thankful is an individual responsibility that God expects of each and every one of His children. So, how can a Christian affect this day in which we live? We can have a great impact on the hearts and lives of others around us by living our life thankful for the goodness of God that we enjoy!
First, I believe we need to remember those whom God has given in our life that has loved us to Jesus Christ. I am so thankful for my Dad and Mom who showed me what it meant to be a Christian in my growing up years. They proved to me that there is something genuine and fulfilling about being saved and serving God. Next, I believe we need to remember that this world is not the “forever home” of the child of God. It is such a comfort to know that the joy and bliss of an eternal heaven awaits the family of God and that the troubles and trials of this life are only temporary. Finally, we need to remember that, although we may experience the disappointment of being forsaken by some in this life, Jesus Christ will never forsake you. I hate to have to say this, but it is a real possibility that an unthankful person will forsake you when you may need them the most. But as a born again believer, you and I will never be forsaken and abandoned by the darling Son of God. In these days when “unthankfulness” can be very prevalent, may we reflect upon these blessings and allow a thankfulness to fill our heart that will please our Savior and be a help to those needing encouragement around us.
Pastor Joey Durham