Thank You

There are moments in our lives when the appropriate words seem to escape us.  For example, “How could you find the proper words to say thank you to someone who gave you one of their kidneys in order that you might live?”

There have been so many times when people have shown me acts of kindness and I simply responded with, “Thank You.”  I wish I could say, I truly had great thankfulness each time I responded with thank you, but I would be lying.  There are times when I fail to see the significance of someone’s sacrifice and there are times when I selfishly think, “I deserve this gift and even more.”

I can honestly say, I am seeking to grow in my appreciation for all the gifts I receive. This very morning I grew in appreciation as I read Hebrews 6-10.  It seemed that with each verse God was opening my eyes to God’s wonderful gift of salvation to me.  By the time I arrived at chapter 9, words were escaping me.

“For then he wold have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world.  But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself,” Hebrews 9:26. When I read these words, all I could say was simply, “Thank you”

Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself for me and for you.  Let those words sink in today.  If they do not cause appreciation to swell up in you, something is wrong in your life.  Maybe the something could be a troubling situation that causes you to think, “I am not blessed.”

Brothers and sisters we are so blessed and the news gets better,” So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him,” Hebrews 9:28. Brothers and sisters we have a reason to say thank you.  The God who saved us is coming to receive us into heaven.

Maybe you ask, “Why has He not come?”  Hebrews 10 has the answer, “For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified,” 10:14. Did you see the answer?  God who has saved us and has declared that we are perfect in position before God is perfecting us here in the process of sanctification.  God is preparing us to meet the Father.

I am so thankful for my salvation and I am so thankful for the sanctifying process that is preparing me to meet Jesus.  If you are a child of God, thank Him for all He has done and all He is doing today.  Yes, stop even now and say with heartfelt love, “Thank you!!!”

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