Glorifying God and showing him gratitude (Romans 1:18-22)

It is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Here in Japan where I live, we don’t have such a day, unfortunately. But even in the States, it seems many people have lost sight of what Thanksgiving is about. Namely, who are we giving thanks to?

It makes me think of Paul’s words to the Romans. He said concerning unbelievers,

For though they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became worthless and their senseless hearts were darkened. (Romans 1:21)

Again, Paul is talking about unbelievers here, but how often do we act like unbelievers?How often do we fail to glorify God in our lives? How often do we fail to show him gratitude to him?

When we fail to do these things, our thinking becomes worthless and our hearts become darkened. Instead of pursuing God, we start pursuing other things, worthless things. But as Jeremiah put it, when we do that, we become worthless ourselves. (Jeremiah 2:5)

Let us not live that way. Instead, let us always remember to glorify God in our lives, never failing to give him thanks.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his faithful love endures forever. (Psalm 118:1)

About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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