Priming the Gratitude Pump for Thanksgiving Week
Reprinted from The Gospel Coalition, November 20, 2016
Scotty Smith’s Heavenward Blog
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Col. 2:6-7
Lord Jesus, on this [Monday] before Thanksgiving Day, we want to get an early start on giving you the thanks of which you alone are worthy. Not like a slow drip, babbling brook, or meandering stream; but joyfully overflowing the banks of our souls with gratitude.
The worship-worthy things in our lives exponentially outnumber the whine-worthy stories. The nanosecond you gave us faith to trust you as Savior; we were fully forgiven, robed in your righteousness, and rooted in your love. Just as we can’t add one iota to your righteousness, we can never be separated from your love.
You’ve already rescued us from the penalty of sin; you’re continually setting us free from the power of sin; and one Day you’ll deliver us from the very presence of sin. Hallelujah!
You liberated us from a life of “selfies” and self-ism, and have written us into your big Story of redeeming love and cosmic restoration. You’ve made us citizens of heaven, heirs of the new earth, and conduits of your mercy and grace. Hallelujah!
Your generosity is off the charts measureless, and your gospel is beyond-all-imagining magnificent. Absolutely nothing can alter, deter, or spoil your plan for our lives, and your purposes for the universe. You are that sovereign and that good.
Jesus, we’d love to be done, forever, with all carping and complaining, boohoo-ing and bellyaching—and with every other expression of ingratitude. But until that Day, cause a fountain of grace and artesian spring of life, to spring up in our souls, for the benefit of others, and the praise of your glory. So very Amen we pray, in your tender and triumphant name.Categories: Evergreen Connection