Parents who wanted their children to have what they were deprived of often discover it growing among the toys and privileges.
Christians who help the poor sometimes see it in the scowls at the same time the hand is extended.
Friends who share the amazing gift of God’s grace with their loved ones see it in the face of those who find salvation a small thing.
It comes in many shapes and forms.
- The quality of devaluing the preciousness of a gift.
- The trait of despising the love that shares freely.
- The attitude that sees privileges as rights.
- The selfishness never content with what it has.
- The hardness that nothing is ever good enough for me.
And wherever it raises its head in my life, it deserves a solid stomp. For it’s a last-days sin. Though there’s nothing in the law books about it, God’s list of horrendous crimes against divinity includes it.
“But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For me will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconciliable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; and avoid such men as these” (2 Timothy 3:1-5, NASV).
The ingrate says, “Can’t you do better than that? I deserve that and much more! Why did you take so long? I want something different.”
Or he yawns, “Yeah, okay. Set it right over there, with the other trash.”
The ingrates pockets are full, and his heart is empty.
How does a person put away ingratitude to learn to be thankful? The best way is by standing at the foot of the cross. And by sitting around the table of the Lord. Eating the bread of Christ and drinking the blood of the covenant among a grateful people of God.
If that doesn’t move me into the grateful category, nothing will.
“Generous God of heaven, I don’t deserve a single thing. But you keep on giving and blessing. Let my lips speak praise and thanksgiving. Let my eyes see your goodness. Let my heart be touched at every turn by your grace. I know Jesus is the greatest, most wonderful gift of all. Amen.”