Doctors told me that I would die of my lung disease if I did not get a lung transplant. Nine years ago I received a double lung transplant and have been blessed with living these nine years. Do you think I am grateful for this gift? Receiving new lungs saved me from death and gave me a new lease of life. I try to thank God every day for this gift of life.
As sinners, we faced the prospect of death without hope and eternal death in the afterlife. When we accept Christ as our savior, he saves us by his grace. We must not foolishly feel we deserve salvation. None of us deserve it. We must never take our salvation for granted.
Worship is a grateful response to God who has revealed himself to us. We express our appreciation to him personally and for what he has done. In our observance of the Lord’s Supper, we offer our grateful response to God for our salvation in Christ.
How often during this last week did you thank God for your salvation? How often should I thank Barbara for the meals she prepares? Every time! Some people think it would get old having the Lord’s Supper every week. Gathering around the Lord’s Table every week is a check-point reminding us to express our gratitude to God. It never gets old expressing thanks to God for our salvation.
Do you feel grateful to God for forgiveness of your sins, your new life in Christ, your hope of heaven? We don’t want to go through the motions of partaking of the bread and fruit of the vine as unthinking bumps on pews. We want to be heartfelt grateful worshipers.
Read Paul’s words in Romans 5:1-10. Meditate on these thoughts and express your gratitude to God.