“…although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, and they were not thankful…” (Romans 1:21)
The fall of the human race is described in Genesis 3 and more briefly in the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the Romans. A good way to find the application of this teaching is to think of the phrase: “Like it was, like it is.” God describes the fall like it was because He wants us to understand that fall like it is — especially in our own lives.
Paul tells us there were two causes of the fall of man: “When they knew God they did not glorify Him as God” and “They were not thankful.” According to David when we enter into the presence of God the first thing we know is that He is God and we are His (Psalm 100).
Jesus taught that the new birth is not an end in itself but a means to an end. The end is the Kingdom of God. When we are born again we make Him our King (John 3: 3-5). When we do not understand this, we think the end to which the new birth is the means is all about us and what God does for us. Your new birth experience can be retarded because you are not giving Him His rightful place in your life as your God.
There are many positive effects of gratitude in your life. Imagine that if the sin of ingratitude can cause the fall of the human race, think of the negative effects of ingratitude in your life.
Are you experiencing negative consequences in your own private fall because you have an attitude of ingratitude?