Friday, March 5, 2004 8:45 a.m.
Our pastor preached on being grateful. It is extremely important to have a grateful heart. “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (I Thessalonians 5:18). Not having a grateful heart can turn into an Achan heart. Achan was that Israelite from the tribe of Judah who stole some of the spoils from the battle of Jericho and hid them under the earth in his tent. He was told, as all the Israelites were told, that all spoils from the battle were to be an offering to God. “But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD.” (Joshua 6:19). Yet, Achan was not grateful for what he had and wanted more. Achan said, “When I saw a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.” (Joshua 7:21). An ungrateful heart turns into an unthankfulness for what you have been given. Then you start feeling like others have more than you do. You become jealous of what they have and you commit the Achan sin: I saw, I coveted, I took. Lord, give us a grateful heart for all you have given and a thankfulness for all your blessings, and may we not have an Achan heart.
Thought for Today: There is nothing you have that you have not been given. “…What hast thou that thou didst not receive?” (I Corinthians 4:7).