Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | May 7, 2014

May 7l, 2014 “The Proper Response”

“Hallelujah! Thank God! And why? Because he’s good, because his love lasts.” (Psalm 106:1)

Good Morning My Dear Friends!
As we travel on our vacation through the mid-west, it is such a blessing to be so warmly greeted by relatives and friends with the gift of their gracious hospitality. They have opened their hearts and homes to us. We have been enjoying the fact that they have opened their hearts and homes to us with no expectation of remuneration. We’ve slept in comfortable beds, had copious amounts of great food, laughed together as we’ve shared stores. It’s all a great blessing to us. There’s really no way we can repay these kindnesses except with a return of that hospitality and heartfelt “thank-yous” for everything.
Have you ever given thought of how to repay God for the blessings he has showered down upon you? My suggestion is a surprising…don’t! There’s no way you could begin to ‘repay” God for His grace extended to you. In fact, there is no need, for grace is “unmerited favor”. Paying back grace carries with it the implication that it is a debt to be repaid. It isn’t. It is a gift. Gifts given are just that. They are for our blessing, given without expectation of repayment. Now they may and rightly should result in a desire to do good for others…to be merciful and graceful towards others as God is towards us, but far from being an “obligation”, it is rather a desire to emulate Christ that brings forth the qualities of grace and mercy within us that we express to others.
Still, there is a proper response to God’s unmerited favor. It is “thanksgiving.” Giving thanks is the sincerest form of appreciation we can render and is the correct response to the goodness of God. Meister Eckhart, a German missionary said it like this:

“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.”

We could never hope to repay God, but then repayment isn’t required. The debt has been paid in full by our gracious Lord and King. The proper response is to thank Him. Let’s pray!

Merciful God: Thank you! Thank you for loving us. Thank you for salvation that is ours in Christ. Thank you for every good and perfect gift you provide. Thank you for your abundant, amazing grace and mercy. Thank you for family and friends. Thank you for your timeless Word of truth found in scripture. Thank you for this new day. Thank you, Lord, for every blessing. Thank you for inviting us into your presence this day with our prayers of thanksgiving and praise. Thank you, God of glory, for every opportunity to spend time with you in prayer. Amen!

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