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Devotion: Gratitude is key to receive more

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GRATEFULNESS is a virtue that unlocks more and continuous outpouring of blessings. It’s a key the humble and meek use to receive from the generous heart of the giver.

Pastor Erasmus Makarimayi

Whether the giver is God through divine spiritual providence or human being in the tangible world, gratitude always opens up more.

The proud disdain the courtesy of thankfulness thus blocking the potential of untapped favour and blessing. In expecting more, let’s not trivialise the hand already stretched and blessing released even if it doesn’t match our expectation.

Generally mankind is demanding but that shouldn’t be an excuse to fail to appreciate. Sometimes all you need to say is thank you and you’re in for a big treat. When people have waited for a long time expecting something and then receive in quantity and size below expectation, they tend to receive grudgingly and ungratefully. They grab and walk away cursing and throwing tantrums.

Even if you receive what you bargained for you can still be unappreciative because you will be complaining of the time spent waiting, accusing the giver of inconsiderate regard.

Sometimes the one extending the hand of help is under no obligation to help and the receiver doesn’t deserve yet still has the guts to yell at the generosity of the giver. The ungrateful don’t just close doors for themselves but harden the heart of the giver and blocks the door for other thankful people.

Less educated and experienced workers often get promoted ahead of the seemingly deserving because they receive one notch elevation with open hands kneeling on the floor.

Others feel they should not beg and deserve more grades higher. While those in power should not demand to be worshipped, those in need should be able to differentiate between begging and humility. Rewarding an ungrateful person is dangerous because their input and commitment is compromised. The wise have climbed the professional ladder on the shoulders of gratitude.

Many times Christians have missed the mark that while they claim that they’re the head and not the tail; above and not beneath, they have remained servants because of arrogance.

Couples have destroyed their marriages because of lack of gratitude. One spouse might have worked the whole year saving to buy a present for a birthday. The expectation of the other may be so high that he/she fails to appreciate what someone has sweated for. A spouse may expect an outfit only to get a card and chocolate.

If you’re unthankful in this instance you cancel future card and chocolate and the next stage of an outfit, trip abroad and a car. Spouses should guard against always demeaning the effort of each other. While talking about family, children should be grateful to the care of the parents.

Jesus rebuked ungratefulness in the story where 10 lepers were cleansed recorded in Luke 17:11-19. On encountering them, He asked them to go and show themselves to the priests. On the way they discovered that they were cleansed and one chose to return to Jesus, Luke 17:15-19 continues, [15] And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, [16] And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. [17]

And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? [18] There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. [19] And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.” We need to highlight that being leprous in those days you were banished from social contact with the rest of the community.

The one realised that he could get close to Jesus after healing and instead of just saying thank you he fell face down at Jesus’ feet worshipping in a loud voice. The one who was grateful was a stranger.

Sometimes we’re quarantined and blocked for years from the liberties and joys of life and when we get a breakthrough we forget we were suffering for a long time. It’s a common occurrence in life that those near you, your relatives and friends expect much and if you help them they feel it’s their right and that you still have much stashed in the bunker. Refrain from arrogance and be grateful. Develop a lifestyle of thankfulness. This will open doors beyond your imagination.

Don’t demand more before you appreciate that which has been granted already. Even when approaching God, thank Him first for the grace so far afforded you. As you expect open doors and blessings that cannot be contained, be grateful for what you have been entrusted and tested with. Melody Beattie says, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.

It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

Don’t underestimate what’s hidden behind a grateful heart and mind. You are going somewhere.


All Scripture quotations are from the King James Version of the Bible
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