Monday, March 8, 2010

Thank You

I don't say that enough.

In a culture where we take so many things for granted we almost assume we are entitled to what we have. Little things like food or health, friendships and jobs. We are truly a blessed people and therefore, potentially an ungrateful people.

Which is worse, an insincere thank you or lack of thankfulness?

The famous theologian, John Calvin, wrote in the sixteenth century that the greatest problem he perceived among Christians was a lack of gratitude. Believers were taking for granted their salvation. They were too often living their lives without a conscious awareness of what Christ had done for them on the cross. They were presuming on the blessings that flowed from his sacrifice.

Not so much as a daily "Thank You". Why do we do that? The things that are right in front of us become all too oblivious.

Like our marriage.

My spouse is a gift from God primarily for my sanctification not my happiness. He or she is the chosen instrument God brought into existence and shaped to be used of him to bring out Christ in my life. No husband or wife can fully meet your needs. There is only one Messiah. He alone can give you what no one else can. Forgiveness. A forgiven soul is a free soul. A chosen one who is able to love freely and point others to Christ.

"I thank my God in all my remembrance of you...because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now." Philippians 1:3-5

Your spouse is primarily a partner in the gospel. Give thanks to God you are traveling together in this broken world with the effects of sin in and outside your home. Be thankful too that Christ is sufficient for all your needs. We too quickly and easily forget.

Stop even now and give thanks. "Thank you Lord" for ......... and may that gratitude be an increasing part of your daily life.

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