11/28/16: Thankfulness – the Overflowing Tank

imgresThe writer of Hebrews ends the book by taking us back to a discussion about Jesus. Verses 12 – 14 remind us of what Jesus did for us at Calvary, sanctifying us with His own blood. He goes on to say, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased” Hebrews 13:15-16 (NKJ).

You see, that one remembrance – the recollection of the act of Jesus Christ dying for our sins – should engender such thankfulness on our part that the praise literally erupts from us, unable to be held back by anything. No amount of depression, pain, loss, fear, or sadness should ever snuff out our feelings of overwhelming gratitude for having our sins forgiven.

Even so, please do notice that sometimes, the praise is a sacrifice. The Greek word “thusia” (thoo-see’-ah) used images-2here literally means “the act or the victim.” In dark moments of our lives, it may seem as if offering praise to God actually hurts. Thanking God may be the last thing our flesh wants to do. In those instances, the sheer act of our will must push us to say as Jesus said in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done” Luke 22:42 (NKJ). Even in the midst of our struggles, it is God’s will that we give Him “the sacrifice of praise… the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”

And thankfulness is an overflowing tank. As we obediently thank Him continually, God will be pleased because thanks not only lifts us, it tends to flood over and affect others. We’ll want to “do good and share.” It will be utterly impossible to keep all that thankfulness to ourselves. Thanks may start as a sacrifice, but it ends as both a self-healing balm and an over-reaching blessing to others.

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~ by sanewriter on November 28, 2016.

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