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II Cor. 9:15

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.”

Questions for reflection and application:

  • How can I cultivate thankfulness amidst a culture of entitlement?
  • What practical ways can I express my gratitude for the gift of Jesus?

Thought for today:

No one is thankful for what they deserve. When the waitress delivers to my table the food that I ordered and will eventually pay for, I am not particularly thankful. I am a customer, and I expect the waitress to get it right. If an employer pays my fair wages on time, I am not terribly thankful. I earned that paycheck, and I deserve it. True thanksgiving is a response to something that is given; but is neither earned nor deserved. That sounds suspiciously like the definition of grace. The Bible reminds us that everything we are and have is an unmerited gift from God; so we are always drenched in a deluge of grace where our only appropriate response is gratitude. How fitting that we spend at least one day every year rehearsing just a few of the unceasing drops that fall. One of the most thrilling (and most humbling) experiences in life is to be on the receiving end of a gift that is over the top, and comes from out of the blue. When its value is priceless, our appreciation reaches heights of worship. The greatest expression of our Thanksgiving must arise as we enjoy the most valuable gift that was bought with the highest price to meet our deepest need. It is counter-cultural, surprising, yet true: unworthiness can open the door to grace which energizes our celebration of Thanksgiving every single day.