Fundamental to our existence is the fact that we were created to appreciate and love God. But due to the fall of Adam and Eve and as explained in Romans chapter one although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. In our fallen condition, we aren’t satisfied with God and what His provisions are for us. We desire for something more. If you recall, Adam and Eve wished to have something that God had not intended for them in the garden. They had a perfect environment fully supplied with what God wanted for them to have: a perfect world, a compatible mate, ample provisions, everything they needed, yet, in spite of these ideal conditions, they wanted more. Unthankfulness leads us away from God and to seek something else. Many today have sought after that “elusive something else” instead of being content with what God has given them.
Apart from being God, Jesus was quintessentially the most thankful human that ever lived on earth. The God-man not only died to forgive our sins but lived in perfect harmony with the Father, a posture of gratitude, of continuous thanksgiving.
For a Christian, whose feet are standing firmly in the good news of Jesus, there are possibilities for true thankfulness which otherwise he would never have known. Being thankful to God for personal salvation and its subsequent blessings differentiates the believer from the non-believer and brings honour to God.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name” (Psalm 100:4). God says that gratitude honors him: “He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me” (Psalm 50:23).
Not only does living in a continuous state of gratitude promote God’s honour, but too, our thanksgiving should rise in direct proportion to the value of the object that we give thanks to, which in the Believer’s case is Jesus Christ. This should make us the most thankful people on earth.