A ROAD LESS TRAVELED. THE GRATEFUL ROAD
That statement may sound cool – maybe makes a cool hashtag – but when do we EVER want to go down road that is not often travel on?!
NO we want the road with convenience, speed, comfort, EASE. But that is not what God is asking us. Gratitude is not a feeling. In Gods own nature, His very character – He does not command us to a feeling. He commands us again and again to ACTION.
So that means Gratitude is not an attitude or a feeling. Gratitude is an Action!
People won’t know you are Grateful unless you DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
If we believe the Bible that our Voice is a weapon that can be used for Life or Death then your thoughts, your attitude is the ammunition… ammunition is useless without the weapon!
Lets look at the story of Jesus that we read about in Luke chapter 7.
LUKE 7: 36 —— NLT
The story of Gratefulness
36 One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so Jesus went to his home and sat down to eat.[h] 37 When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. 38 Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them.\
39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!”
40 Then Jesus answered his thoughts. “Simon,” he said to the Pharisee, “I have something to say to you.”
“Go ahead, Teacher,” Simon replied.
41 Then Jesus told him this story: “A man loaned money to two people—500 pieces of silver[i] to one and 50 pieces to the other. 42 But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?”
43 Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt.”
“That’s right,” Jesus said. 44 Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume.
47 “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” 48 Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.”
49 The men at the table said among themselves, “Who is this man, that he goes around forgiving sins?”
50 And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
WHO ARE YOU in this story…?
Are you like Simon… sitting there comparing yourself to others and think you deserve to have Jesus sitting at the table with you.
Or are you like the women… who knows she is broken, publicly broken, she is in a hole, yet runs to Jesus (even when she was not invited in to the table in that moment) and gives her all, she doesn’t care about those around her, the judgement the comparison, the confusion, but kneeled down in from of HIM and gave her all and is unbelievable grateful!
IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT YOU HAVE DONE OR NOT DONE – ITS OBVIOUS WHEN YOU GET CLOSE TO JESUS THIS IS ALL YOU CAN DO – YOU GIVE, YOU GET GRATEFUL – YOU GIVE YOUR ALL.
When you find friendship with Jesus and you watch and read how he did life. LOVE becomes ridiculous apparent and starts to express itself socially in unconditional ways.
This is not if you are saved, IF YOU KNOW JESUS – it transforms you social experience.
YOU KNOW JESUS TO THE LEVEL YOU LOVE AND LIVE LIKE JESUS – That is what John is saying here.