Thankfulness. What does this word evoke in your heart? If you are a Christian, think about all the blessings God gave you and express your thankfulness to him through your actions and your prayers. 

In Romans 1:1-21, we see warnings of what happens when we do not show gratitude to God for our blessings.  Our hearts are darkened and blinded because of our selfishness.  He also thanks the people who are in fact doing God’s will.  The tone is immensely different to develop the distinctive purpose of each part.

Paul speaks of how he is thankful for the people of Rome as they are spreading God’s Word.”First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;”

Next, Paul writes about how the people have been disregarding God.  We see this in verses 18-23.  They directly target those who are overcome by idols and other ungodly things.

20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” 

21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”

If we would just look around us, we can see what God has done. Just by looking at the beauty of the World around us is proof that we have such an Almighty Savior.  Why are we not thanking him daily?  The Bible was written so long ago, but here is yet another passage that directly relates to the world today.  We get so busy and involved in our day to day activities, we often forget to worship and pray.