My message given during the Ecumenical Thanks giving Celebration of Mindanao University of Science and Technology ( MUST) Days last February 6,2015.
I. It Pleases The Lord (1 Thess.5:18). The practice of giving thanks to the Lord is clearly His divine will. Rest assured that God is pleased when we do what He desires us to do in regard to any matter. It delights God when we appreciate Him enough to render our thanks unto Him.
II. It Proclaims Our Gratitude (APPRECIATION). If you recall in Luke 17, the Lord Jesus cleansed ten lepers. Only one of them came back to thank the Lord for the miracle of their cleansing. One out of ten is 10 %. I wonder how many of us here inside the Gymnasium are really thankful to God for allowing us to enjoy life and what our Alma Mater, this university has achieved.
Why did only one cleansed leper return to thank Jesus? The following are nine suggested reasons why the nine did not return:
One waited to see if the cure was real.
One waited to see if it would last.
One said he would see Jesus later.
One decided that he had never had leprosy.
One said he would have gotten well anyway.
One gave the glory to the priests.
One said, "O, well, Jesus didn't really do anything."
One said, "Any rabbi could have done it."
One said, "I was already much improved."
III. It Provokes Others. I do not mean to "provoke" in a bad sense. Heb. 10:24 says we are to consider one another and to provoke one another to love and good works. The word "provoke" in that verse has the idea of inciting or stirring up others to do what is right. When you are thankful it is contagious: it will catch on and others will be.
A story was told of how important it is for us to give thanks… a student was in a crowded canteen. Just as he was about to begin his meal, another student approached and asked if he could join him. The first student invited him to have a seat. Then, as was his custom, he bowed his head in prayer. When he opened his eyes, the other student asked, "Do you have a headache?" The first student replied, "No, I don't." The other student asked, "Well, is there something wrong with your food?" the first student replied, "No, I was simply thanking God as I always do before I eat."
The other student said, "Oh, you're one of those, are you? Well, I want you to know I never give thanks. I earn my success by the sweat of my brow and I don't have to give thanks to anybody when I eat. I just start eating!"
The first student said, "Yes, you're just like my dog. That's what he does too!"
IV. It Produces Contentment (PLEASURE AND SATISFACTION). As we are thankful to God for what He has given us, we become more and more contented with what is already ours through and from Him. Refuse to live restlessly. It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.” ― Dale Carnegie
V. It Portrays real Christianity. As you read of the life of Christ, He was repeatedly thankful to His Father for His goodness. See Luke 10:21 and Jn. 11:41. We properly picture Jesus when we are thankful.
Two men were walking through a field one day when they spotted an angry bull. Instantly they ran fast toward the nearest fence. The storming bull followed in hot pursuit, and it was soon obvious they wouldn't make it.
Terrified, the one shouted to the other, "Put up a prayer, John. We're in for it!"
John answered, "I can't. I've never made a public prayer in my life."
"But you must!" implored his companion. "The bull is catching up to us."
"All right," panted John, "I'll say the only prayer I know, the one my father used to repeat at the table: 'O Lord, for what we are about to receive, make us truly thankful.'" LET US NOT WAIT FOR THIS ONE TO HAPPEN TO US BEFORE WE THANK GOD. LET US ALL CULTIVATE A THANKFUL HEART…