Thursday, February 2, 2012


Gratitude is an expression of unstoppable cumulative actions, that stem from a deep experience, to create joy in the one to whom it is given. But then how is it possible to show gratitude to God? How can I bring God joy in my responses to him? What can be given to whom nothing can be given? What lament and struggle it is, to find some meaningful way to show gratitude to God!

Mostly, most folk sediment to the simplest and effortless act of vocalizing praise. A few may go to the next level of giving a testimony. While all this is perfectly fine, it is too rudimentary and feeble a mechanism to show gratitude to God. After deep struggle I have found that the only way to truly express gratitude to God is by humble obedience to all his commands. This obedience should spring forth from the very cellular level in four dimensions —
  1. Personal disciplines, such as prayer, fasting and everyday baptism in the scriptures
  2. Moral accountability, in work and home to all
  3. Social responsibility, to each other — where we never ignore our fellowmen and their needs
  4. Internal immersion in contrition and humility, without which genuine gratitude can never germinate

This is why Paul tell us in Romans 12: 1, "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God — this is your true and proper worship." Gratitude, that's what its all about.


madhumita chakola said...

Thanks for sharing your insight of expressing gratitude to God. How true it is when you say- " What can be given to whom nothing can be given?" What, indeed?

Noel Prabhuraj said...

Yes Madhumita, thats the great struggle... and it eventually it sediments in a lament of humble worship and genuine desire to please God through obedience. I can only beat my chest like that publican, and say God have mercy on me.