Jesus expressed His gratitude in various instances during His brief time on earth. Let’s look at three specific situations where He had a heart of gratitude.
1. Being grateful for the little
When Jesus had to feed a multitude with just a handful of food, He first gave thanks. We see this in Matthew 15:36,37.
He took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied.
Jesus first thanked God for the little He had. And when He distributed it, God had multiplied it!
You may not have much going for you in your business right now. But give Him thanks for the little you do have. God will bless you abundantly as He sees your heart of gratitude.
It’s not the quantity of thanks you give Him that matters, but the quality of thanks. When you truly believe God is in charge of your business, you will be able to give Him thanks irrespective of how little you have right now.
When you put that much trust in God, He will not let you down! He is a God who can bless your business abundantly.
2. Being grateful for answered prayer
Jesus was grateful for blessings and answered prayers. In John 11:41, we see Him thanking God publicly while He raised Lazarus from the dead.
And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, Father, I thank you that you have heard me.”
As an entrepreneur, you may face daily challenges where you rely on God to help you. Take time to thank God for every step He has guided you.
Thank God for unexpected blessings that came your way, and prayers that were miraculously answered. Thank God when complicated situations are resolved with ease, and when obstacles melt away.
When you intentionally thank God for blessings and answered prayers, people around you will be able to witness the hand of God in your business.
3. Being grateful for trials
Jesus wasn’t just thankful when the going was good. He thanked God even when He knew He was going to be crucified.
In Luke 22:19, Jesus offered thanks for the bread and wine that were symbolic of His body and blood – His painful, atoning sacrifice for our sins.
And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
Jesus knew the agony that was in store for Him in the coming days. And yet, He gave thanks. Jesus thanked God for the cross, and the suffering He was about to endure.
As entrepreneurs, we regularly face trials of a much smaller magnitude in our businesses. Are we ready to thank God for the cross we might have to bear?
Difficulties and trials can wear us down, but we must strive to have a heart of gratitude even in the midst of suffering.
A thankful heart is vital for a Christian entrepreneur, because it will open doors for you in the spiritual realm.
It’s not just God we need to be thankful for. Take time to also show your gratitude to your audience and clients. They need to know you appreciate their support and their business dealings with you.
Some practical ways you can show your clients gratitude are:
- Send a thank you note
- Give a small freebie
- Send a personalized email
You also need to be grateful for the people who work for you. Your employees need to know you appreciate their work.
Some ways you can appreciate your employees are:
- Write a note
- Treat them to a meal
- Gift them something – a book or a knick-knack
- Be flexible to accommodate their needs
- Give them a few days off to spend with family.
When you have a heart of gratitude, it will become second nature to thank everyone associated with your business. God appreciates your thanksgiving. Don’t miss out on the blessings a thankful heart can bring to your business.
Questions to Ponder:
- Are you grateful to God for the little you have in your business?
- Can you thank God for trials you may currently be facing?
- How can you show your gratitude to your clients/employees?
- 1 Thessalonians 5:18 – Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
- 1 Timothy 4:4 – For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.
- Ephesians 5:20 – Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Acts 24:3 – In every way and everywhere we accept this with all gratitude.
- Ephesians 1:16 – I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.