“Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing.” (Psalm 107:21-22)
It has been said that talk is cheap. We thank the Lord and we say “Lord, we’re so thankful, we’re so grateful for all that you’ve done for us.” Well, do you know what we need to do? We need to turn Thanksgiving into Thanks-living. That is, to offer to God the sacrifices of thanksgiving.
Now, if we’re thankful it really ought to show in our lives. And by the way, I don’t believe that there’s any other sin quite like the sin of ingratitude… The poet Milton, the blind poet, said that a person with an ungrateful spirit only has one vice, he said because all of the rest of his vices are virtues compared to ingratitude. Every other sin is a virtue compared to the sin of ingratitude.
How terrible not to be grateful to God, and yet in America all around we can find those who are grumbly hateful rather than humbly grateful. Well, how can we translate our Thanksgiving today into Thanks-living? We’re to offer to God what the Bible calls the “sacrifices of thanksgiving.”
— Adrian Rogers in “Love Worth Finding”