Midweek Wake-Up, Oct 10th, 2018
The Psalmist in Psalm 92 declares ‘it is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High…….for you, O, Lord, have made me glad by our work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy’. Seeking to carry out what the Psalmist exerts us to, we have a tradition in the Letkeman household. As we sit down to enjoy the thanksgiving spread, we share those things in our lives that we’re grateful for, ranging from family, to jobs, to a warm house, to the gospel, our marriages etc.
Sunday morning, amidst thinking about the Thanksgiving celebrations, time spent with family, and preparing certain food, I was challenged by the thoughts of Pastor Kirit, visiting us from Tripura, India. As he took us to Mark 12, we were challenged with the words to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength, followed by the words of Jesus in calling us to love our neighbour as ourself.
As Kirit fleshed out what this might mean in our lives, he asked a rather challenging question. That question being, do we understand that everything we have is God’s rather than ours? As a result to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength is to give what we have to the furthering of God’s kingdom. Those things we express gratitude for, belong to the God who has bought us with His Son, and thus given to us for His glory.
I found myself reflecting on this thought during the weekend, asking myself this question over and over. Do I grasp that all I have is actually God’s, given to me, to use for the furthering of His kingdom? As I did so, I think there was a deeper sense of gratitude for what we have, and the gracious God who has given these things.
So this morning NSC, as you reflect on your lives, live with the gratitude that everything you have is given as a gift from God. Given to you for the furthering of His Kingdom, to love God with all you are and to use these resources to love your neighbour as yourself. And may this deepen our gratitude for the gospel and the cross, bringing us into a deeper consistent joy and delight in God, and a freeing love to those around us!