28th November 2013

Thank You 

“…always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 5:20 (NIV)

Having gone through the supermarket check out, loaded my bags and done the chip and pin thing, the check out assistant handed me my till receipt and a few coupons to which I said, “thank you.” I was about walk away when her comment back grabbed my attention: “Thank you,” she said, “We hardly get anyone showing any appreciation; it’s usually complaints, grunts or silence.” How sad that we live in a world where few people take the time to say just two words—“Thank you.” 

Jesus was astonished at the lack of gratitude shown by nine out of the ten lepers he healed. “Jesus asked, ‘Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?’” (Luke 17:17-18 NIV).  If this incident is typical, then 90% of people don’t say “Thank you” when something good happens, or when people do them a good turn. 

In writing to Timothy, Paul lists ingratitude as a mark of the time we live in (2 Timothy 3:2)  How about us?  A simple “Thank you” takes so little time, but it can have such a major impact. It can encourage, uplift and raise the spirits of the person we say it to.  But to fail to show gratitude can also have a major (negative) impact. I know of one lady who is very upset and hurt by the fact that her grandchildren never say “Thank you”, or even acknowledge the gifts she sends them. 

Is there a ‘thank you’ note you need to write?  And while you’re thinking about someone you may need to thank, how about giving thanks to God for the people He has brought into your life; your parents, your spouse, your children, your friends, and your brothers and sisters in Christ? 

This was certainly Paul’s approach, as he said to the Christians at Philippi, “I thank my God every time I remember you.” (Philippians 1:3), and to those at Ephesus, “I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” (Ephesians 1:16) Let’s join with Paul and remember to thank people and give thanks to God for them. 

Father, please help me to be thankful and to express that gratitude, both to you and to others.

Study by Barry Robinson


barryrobinsonAbout the Author:
Barry Robinson is an Elder in and pastoral worker in the Greater London area, particularly the Camberwell and North London congregations of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square

Meeting time:
Saturday 2:30pm
Local Congregational Contact:
Martin Ryan
Phone:  020 8202 3998
Email:   martin_ryan@wcg.org.uk

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