“Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.” – Psalms 100:4 (NLT)
What will you bring to church with you this weekend? In getting ready to go to church, we might think about what we will wear, what the kids will wear, and what special snack we can bring to enjoy during class fellowship time. We will prepare our hair and our faces. We do all these things so that we will be “ready for church.”
Today’s passage challenges us to be ready in a totally different dimension on our lives. We can ready our hearts and create a great receptivity for God’s work in our lives at church if we enter the process with a thankful heart. Entering with thanksgiving and praise is entering with the understanding and appreciation that God is at work in your life. It is gratitude for the countless ways that we know God is with us and for us.
Thankfulness is not a feeling; it is action and it is expression. We express thankfulness by the silent prayer of appreciation for just being at church… by the giving of our tithes and offerings… by noticing and acknowledging the folks who teach us and lead us… by singing songs… by seeing someone with a burden and finding a way to help.
Talk to God today about ways you can ready yourself for church through the expressions of a thankful heart. Think through what you will do at church to express your thanks to God, and do it.