We have so much to be thankful for. What are 4 things Christians should thank God for?
This one may seem obvious but frequently when I pray to God and petition Him for my needs, I fail to thank Him for the gift of His only Son to save me from the wrath of God (John 3:16, 3:36b). How sad that I fail to give Him thanks for being saved. This was the costliest payment ever given in all history yet when I thank God, I sometimes fail to offer Him thanks for what He has done for me.
It is so easy to take our children or our grandchildren for granted but most assuredly, God was the giver of these precious ones. This fact is given is so many different verses that it’s hard to only select a few but the psalmist says “Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward” (Psalm 127:3). Before Isaac and Rebekah had children “Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant” (Gen 25:21). I know of a few couples who were told that they couldn’t have children but truly God is the One Who opens up the womb. When “Esau looked up and saw the women and children. ‘Who are these with you?’ he asked. Jacob answered, “’They are the children God has graciously given your servant’” (Gen 33:5).
The Word of God
Here in the West we sometimes take for granted that we have a Bible. In fact, the average home in the U.S. have around 4 Bibles yet in many parts of the world even getting a Bible is dangerous. When someone has a Bible in a country that is hostile to Christianity they can lose their life for possessing one. There is such power in the Word of God (Rom 1:16) yet it is so easy to overlook this source of power. God’s Word should be precious to us and I know that I take my Bible for granted but when compared to the rest of the world, we are rich in the Word while other parts of the world have a famine of the Word and would do almost anything to have one.
The Person Who Led you to Christ
It is so easy to take for granted our salvation but what about the person who first shared the gospel with you? What if they had been hesitant? What if they’d not be obedient to the Great Commission and what is for most the “great omission?” The fact is that only 1 in 10 believers will share their faith with at least one other person in their entire life so this means that 90% of Christians are not thankful enough to tell others how they might be saved. If you had the cure for cancer would you keep it to yourself? Of course not! Even so, why should we hesitate to share the greatest cure of all…the cure for sin? We have the greatest news there is and yet few are willing to tell others about it. I must remember to thank the person who told me how I could escape the wrath of God through the redemptive work of Calvary through Christ’s shed blood.
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman[ssba]
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