The theme of the 2022 Keswick Convention
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thess. 5:18).
The theme of Keswick Convention 2022, Grateful, highlights the right response to a generous God.
However, being grateful doesn’t come naturally. How many times do children need to be told to “Say ‘Thank you’”! Paul identifies this as a fundamental human problem: “though they knew God, they did not honour him as God or give thanks to him” (Rom. 1:21).
As Christians, we are called to be grateful. It is the heart of our spiritual lives. When we are grateful, responding to God as we should, we recognise how generous He is, how good He is, how much we owe to Him. We cannot whine, we cannot be proud, we cannot be self-pitying, we cannot be entitled, thinking we deserve better. But without it, our discipleship withers and dies. Generosity is stifled, because it’s mine; love and service become joyless as we feel like a martyr.
So we pray at the 2022 Convention that the Lord will renew our attitude of gratitude; that, as we take a fresh look at all God has done for us in Jesus Christ, we will be inspired and equipped to be more Christlike. For Jesus Christ modelled gratitude to His heavenly Father (Matthew 15:36; John 11:41).