I had the pleasure of attending a leadership conference this week, and one of the most powerful messages that I heard was on the subject of gratitude. Thanks to Steven Furtick fromElevationChurch for that. I’d like to share a bit from his message on that subject.
There is some powerful scripture on gratitude, so we’ll start with that:
- Psalm 48:12-14: Walk about Zion, go around her, count her towers, consider her ramparts, view her citadels, that you may tell of them to the next generation. For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.
- Psalm 69:30-31: I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hoofs.
- Psalm 22:3: Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel.
- Psalm 100:4: Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
- I Thessalonians 5:16-18: Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
- Colossians 3:17: And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Let’s ponder these scriptures a moment. Read them again if necessary…
The Bible has a lot to say on this subject. There is no mystery here. I love to consider the mysteries of God, but how great is it when something is said with distinct clarity?!
Here are some observations on Gratitude that I’d like to share:
- Gratitude is never invisible or silent.
When you’re grateful, you show it and say it! I cannot assume that my band knows how thankful I am for them. I have to tell them!
- Gratitude sustains joy and blessing.
Gratitude causes us to relive the blessings of God over and over. How amazing it is to live in this state of being!
- Gratitude begins where my sense of entitlement ends!
You cannot feel grateful for something in which you feel entitled. I don’t have to be your worship pastor; I GET to be your worship pastor. You don’t have to be at rehearsal; you GET to be at rehearsal! 😉
- Grateful people can find a blessing, enlarge a blessing, or create a blessing in any situation.
Conversely, negative people can find a burden, enlarge a burden, or create a burden in any situation. Some people are simply “crap-factories”. It doesn’t matter what you put in, crap comes out. Ouch!
The opposite of gratitude is bitterness, so which one are you? Search your hearts, and ask God to reveal Himself on the matter. Then, lay it in His hands, repent if necessary, and start to look at your circumstances differently; perhaps even the way God looks at them.
I am immensely grateful that I get to be your worship pastor. I am thankful that God has brought each of you to this ministry. Your talents, skills, and abilities, though great, pale in comparison to your hearts for Jesus, and that much is clear. You do what you do for no earthly riches but for the treasure that is stored up for you in heaven. I try not to be a prideful person, but my heart bursts with pride every Sunday and Wednesday evening when I get to see/hear your passion for Jesus! THANK YOU!!!