In the Old Testament, in the book of 2 Kings, we read about Naaman the commander of the army who had leprosy.
He was told to see the man of God in a certain country who could help him and on the way he went to visit the King of that country and took gifts.
I love this story for various reasons, but here is a great thought: when you are about to receive something, take a gift with you in anticipation of what you are about to receive.
It may be a physical gift, like flowers etc when you go to someone’s house for a meal – it’s a wonderful way of saying “thank you for having me, I really appreciate it.”
Naaman took gifts to the King, which was a great custom, because he was about to receive something FROM the King.
When you go to Church, when you enter God’s presence, bring that same attitude of gratitude with you, that says “I am thankful for what I am about to receive.”
Never come with a selfish attitude or a ‘couldn’t care less’ attitude. But come humbly and gratefully.
When you go for a meal to someone’s home, they have lovingly prepared something (that has also cost them something) and so go gratefully. When you go to Church, someone has prepared something for you that has cost love and time, go gratefully.
A lot of us struggle with being grateful AFTER the event, let alone before.
“I’ll be thankful IF I’ve enjoyed the meal, I’ll be thankful IF I’ve enjoyed the service…”
Come on, let’s change that culture and be grateful ON THE WAY to receive.
When I sit down for a meal, whether it be a simple breakfast or a nice dinner I always thank God for what I am about to receive. Put that culture into your own heart and family. Teach children at a young age to be thankful for what they are about to receive.
It’s amazing how much better your experience of Church and all aspects of life will be, when you come with a grateful attitude.
By the way, Naaman received his miracle of healing…and God will surely always bless a thankful heart.
A daily devotion for a better way of living.