“Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all I the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God.”
I have been reflecting on the word “thanks” today. I know there have been many times in my life that I have not been thankful for what God has given me. He has given me a family, a home, a job and a wonderful church family. When I think about my children and grandchildren being abused, it hurts my heart. Sometimes there is nothing I can do to fix the problem and that is so very hard. As a woman and a mother, it is our natural instinct to want to fix things and when we can’t we have a hard time dealing with it. God looked at the beautiful world He made and saw people in it that didn’t love Him the way He loved them. He gave His only son because of people who weren’t thankful for what they had. Jesus didn’t just die for us, he suffered for us. He had to endure being arrested, going to trial, sentenced to death by crucifixion and then die on the cross. When someone is crucified it is a means of shaming the one being killed and trying to keep others from doing the same thing he had done. God could have stopped the crucifixion, but he loved us too much to do so. Jesus death on the cross was the result of our sinful nature. We should be so thankful that we serve a loving God, one that was willing to give up so much, so we could live forever. I’m so thankful that He loves me in spite of what I have done and will do. Let’s be thankful to God and ask Him to change our hearts and transform us with His Love.
Vena R. Hill