I finished writing a post about revolutionary thankfulness several weeks ago, but found myself not able to post it.
It seemed pretentious.
Not because I’m not thankful for all the blessings that I’ve received.
That’s not it.
What seemed pretentious about it is that even though I am thankful for all things, I cannot say that I am a revolutionary in that regard.
A person who is a revolutionary in thankfulness:
Prays thank-you before praying I need.
Praises thank-you having confidence that the prayer is already in the process of being answered.
Worships thank-you knowing that the Source of the answer had already made provision before the prayer was even made.
I have found myself doing pretty good at the first and second one.
But in worshiping the thank-you, well, I believe I have fallen short.
I was thinking about that today, because worship is such an intimate act between the Father and His creation.
Sometimes we rush through it.
Worship is that place where no sound can be heard but the whisper of the Father’s love to the heart of the believer as a direct response to the acknowledgement of the love the Father has been shown when those believers purpose to stop everything they are doing.
They stop everything to acknowledge His goodness. His mercy. His faithfulness.
When we worship thankfulness, there is no place or space but pure love for what we have received already through no merit of our own, but through the grace given to us by our Heavenly Father through Christ, who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Think about that space for just a moment.
Once we are truly there, and know that we already have above and beyond what we could ask or think, when we begin to worship thankfulness-then we have need of nothing.
It is one of the greatest mysteries in that we have no need for those things which we already possess. Even if the manifestation of those things has not been made in the physical world.
This is a great act of faith.
This is revolutionary thankfulness.
Because if we have no need, then we will have no problem being generous to those who have less. We will have no issue with giving of our hearts to those who need love, our time to those who need help, or our knowledge to those who need edifying.
I can admit that I want to be a revolutionary in thankfulness.
I am working on it.
Because I cannot hold to myself what has been given to me to bless others.
And neither can you.
Ephesians 3:19-21 (NIV)
19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.