4/9: Thanks


While my son and his girlfriend were visiting vacation sights in California this summer, my friend Mary did a favor for them. They verbally thanked her, but before they left to return to school, I reminded them to write Mary a thank you note. I’m sure their verbal thanks was sufficient for Mary, but that additional gesture just seemed right.

Romans 15 reminds us of thankfulness. The Gentiles of Macedonia and Achaia made a contribution for Paul to take to the Jewish believers in Jerusalem who needed some financial help. Those Gentiles had never met those Jews, but Paul supported their gesture with this argument:

  • It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things. Romans 15:27

You see, the Gentiles had gotten in on salvation thanks to God revealing Himself to mankind through the Jews. The Gentiles may not have been able to say thanks in a spiritual way, but they could surely show their gratitude by giving materially.

We can extend this same principle today by showing gratitude toward those who bless us spiritually – our pastors, mentors, and teachers in the Word – as well as toward those who do something nice for us. When someone blesses us, why not send a thank you note or e-mail, or better yet, consider sending a material gift in the form of a present or a check. We think nothing of tipping a waiter; think of your card or gift as a tip, thanking those who have served us in spiritual or thoughtful ways.


©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on April 9, 2013.

One Response to “4/9: Thanks”

  1. How are you, today sister? God bless you!

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