What Are You Grateful For?

The title of this blog entry is something that many times we ask around Thanksgiving time.  When we ask the question, what are you grateful for, many answers are given.  Some are grateful for their family, their health, their job, etc.  These are all things that we should be grateful for, because they are blessings from God (cf. James 1:17).  But there is another truth about these things.  That truth is that they are temporary things.  These are things that we have throughout our life, but eventually they fade away.  They are also things that we cling to in order to bring us satisfaction and a sense of fulfillment in this life.  The problem them becomes very obvious.  When you put your worth and sense of fulfillment into something that may or may not be here tomorrow, there will come a time in which you feel as though you have nothing.  We must understand that is nothing wrong with getting enjoyment from these things.  As a husband and a father, I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids.  I have often said that the difference between a bad day and a good day can be whether or not I am home or not.  Because for me even the toughest of days melts away when I walk through the door and my kids come running to greet me with a “daddy’s home!”  I have been blessed in my health in many ways, despite not taking the best of care of myself, I am still able to play with my children and enjoy life.  I may be one of the few people (very few I believe in talking to others) that really enjoys what I do for a living.  I often tell people, “I don’t have a job, I have a calling” (and trust me there is a huge difference between those two things).  You can enjoy these things, but to put your self-worth or a sense of accomplishment into any thing of this earth is simply setting yourself up for failure.

As I was reading a devotional this morning I came across these two verses.  Romans 4:7-8, “Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”  The word “blessed” here in the Greek is “makarios” which means happy or to make happy.  So these verses are describing those who are truly happy (grateful).  They are the people who are forgiven, sins are wiped clean, and will never answer for their sin.  This is an eternal standing given to us by God and secured to us by Jesus Christ dying on the cross.  So many times we (especially those of us who have been in church for many years) forget to thank God for what He has done for us in the way of salvation.  I want to challenge us to each day thank God for the work Jesus did upon the cross.  May we all be grateful for what saved us and is changing us, the blood of Jesus Christ.

By His grace and through His strength may we live for Him

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