What am I thankful for?

What am I thankful for?

  • Parents
  • Family
  • Clean water
  • Access to food
  • Security
  • Education
  • Friends

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The list can go on forever as I feel I have been blessed in every way. This is what I thank God for. However, if I had none of the above, would I still thank God? Would I still love God? The same Jews that welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday were the same Jews that were screaming ‘crucify Him’ to Pontus Pilot on Good Friday. How could this be?

The Jews thought Jesus had come to solve all their ‘worldly problems’, to make life easy for them and when they ignorantly dismissed that He had come to save them, they crucified Him. Christ came to take away the evil from our hearts. He cannot force us to be saved (as this defeats free will) but can show us good and evil; truth and deceit.

Are we really that different to the Jews that praised Christ on Sunday and wanted to crucify Him on Friday? We know that God is our Father, kind and loving. We expect Him to make our lives easy and when we don’t get what we want, we yell ‘crucify Him’ or in other words, shut our hearts to Him and look to other means. Is this really the relationship we want with Christ? To use Him when times get tough or to go to Him when we want something?

Christ did not come to make our life easy, He came to make our life good! To give us hope and show us love. Job is the perfect character in the Bible that stuck with Christ through the good and bad. Job went from a state of wealth to poverty; health to illness; someone who was loved and respected by all to someone who was hated and cast out. Even Job’s wife questioned God during his life and abandoned him. He was left alone and was dying. His children died, as did his livestock and everything was taken away from him. Yet not once did he question God, but stuck with Him and depended solely on Christ alone.

We should learn from Job and stick with God even when everything is taken from us because it was never ours to begin with. God only wants us to love Him, to give our whole heart to Him. So what are you thankful for? Would you still be thankful to God if everything was taken away?

St Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church in London is one of the oldest Coptic churches in the lands of the immigration, and one of the first to be supported and cared for by our beloved patriarch, HH the late Pope Shenouda III.

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    London W8 6UX