There has been a message on my heart for awhile, growing, provoking my thinking, it has to do with giving thanks eucharisteo. You’ll find this word in quite a few instances preceding major events or miracles of Jesus in the bible:
The Last Supper
17 And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks, He said, Take this and divide and distribute it among yourselves;
18 For I say to you that from now on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine at all until the kingdom of God comes.
19 Then He took a loaf [of 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.
20 And in like manner, He took the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament orcovenant [ratified] in My blood, which is shed (poured out) for you.
The miracle of loaves and fishes
“He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks to God. Then he broke the bread and gave it to the disciples, and they gave the bread and fish to the people.” Mathew 15:36
And the word got me thinking…
Eucharisteo means to give thanks (its often associated with the eucharist or communion)
from the root word eucharistos- grateful, thankful
Jesus embodied this in everything he did. He gave thanks and then performed the miracle, He gave thanks for the smallest thing of breaking of bread at a meal. And He said that whenever we do those things, those small things, to give thanks.
Some people are motivated by money. Some by fear or by need of acceptance.
But shouldn’t we be more motivated by the creator of all? The one who made us and knew us by name before the foundation of the world? When we make room for Him by being thankful whenever we do the simple things, the things we usually take for granted, we open ourselves up to Chara joy, joy that goes beyond things that eventually break, and money that eventually stops satisfying or relationships that may let you down.
I often find myself caught up in where I’m at in the moment, what I’m feeling, thinking or what my circumstances may look like. But those feelings, what I see in the natural, is not always the truth. If I’m depressed a happy event can still have a grey cloud over it, but that doesn’t mean the event is not happy. But when I choose to look at life with eucharisteo as my backboard, I see it differently. I see 6 months of unemployment as a training ground, a God-willed refinery of myself and a preparation for what is to come. Without this time I would be caught up in a stressful job with condemnation of my every move and I sure wouldn’t be writing a book or growing into the person I need to be in order to go where I need to go next.
Eucharisteo helps me see things differently- water beads coming off of my dog’s snout are suddenly beautiful even when accompanied by wet-dog smell, hot sun beading through the windows in the morning causing me to be sticky with sweat wouldn’t have been my ideal scenario for waking up, but I’m thankful that God made the sun to warm me and the rays that cause leaf shadows to dance on the wall opposite my window.
Without eucharisteo I saw things as bad and good, the bad a curse and the good a blessing, but God is a good God and He made everything on the earth. Who am I to get caught up in the cranky heat wave that rushes through my mind and body? Who am I to question job loss and call it a curse, when really if I open my eyes I can see the possibilities in the future and I know that God is working through it.
Eucharisteo, giving thanks.
Eucharisteo, joy beyond measure.
Eucharisteo opens up possibilities to see God in the role He intended- not as a intervene-when-I-feel-like-it judgemental overseer, but as a Father- the one who provided you with everything and everyone in your life, the one who walks with you everyday and cares for you personally.
I’m taking the challenge. I want to see Him as the God of small things and big things, the God of my everyday and as God the Father. I hope you will join me in actively searching out things you are thankful for everyday and also looking at everyday occurrences through a eucharisteo lens.
Note: Much of this has been inspired by Bible study and by reading a book called 1,000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp. I encourage you to pick the book up, I hope it will change your life as it has changed mine.