Young Adults Christian Groups

There are so many ways that we experience God’s blessing over our lives.  I wonder, since waking up this morning, whether you’ve had time to remember and give thanks for any of these.  There is something very special about beginning the day with thankfulness, it just seems to set the tone for the day.

Some days it is harder than others to wake up thankful, I understand, but we always have reason to give thanks.  We’ve all experienced and benefited from God’s love, His patience, His mercy and grace, and if we’ve received New Life in Christ through faith, then there is always reason to give thanks and praise to our Heavenly Father.  Paul leads us in a prayer of praise:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)

But it isn’t only thankfulness that I want to remind us of today.  That’s a great start, but it is what flows out of a thankful heart that I want to focus on.  When it comes to thankfulness for God’s blessing poured out over us, we should never consider ourselves to be a reservoir, rather we should be a river.  When we understand that, we’ll soon learn that God’s blessings never dry up.

Jesus said:

And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. (Matthew 10:7 – 8)

I don’t know about you, but I’ve done most of my learning from a Western mindset, and so I read this and naturally think I’m called to give financially, but if you read the following verses you quickly discover that isn’t the context of what Jesus is saying.  The disciples were told to take no money, so they had none of that to give.  So what did they give?  Discovering the answer to that question should be our life’s mission. I expect we’ll keep learning.

Can I suggest a few questions you can reflect on today:

  • What are you feeling grateful for?
  • What is God reminding you that you have received from Him?
  • What would it be like for you to give from the blessing God has poured out over you, that would make it a river rather than a reservoir?