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“What do you say?” As a child, did your mother every prompt you with those words? Remember, someone gave you something. Maybe you visited someplace and the host gave you a cookie or piece of candy. When you took it, your mom said, “What do you say?” She wanted you to say thank you. Mothers, fathers and grandparents often prompt a child to express thanks. They don’t want the child to become a rude, self-centered person. Polite people say thank you and good parents want polite children.
But a lack of thankfulness can be far more serious than rude behavior. Romans chapter one tells us that God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all human wickedness that suppresses the truth about God. Paul then gives two reasons to support why God is justified in punishing sinful people. First, verse 20 explains that no one can claim they didn’t know about God. He is revealed through creation. They should know better than ignore him. And second, verse 21 says, “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (NIV)
The basic sin of all mankind is the refusal to acknowledge and thank God for his blessings. Today, make the time to express your thanks to God. Here, let me remind you. Look at your day. Now, what do you say?
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