Good News for Everyday Life! Thanksgiving: Grace and Gratitude
A few weeks ago the lottery was up to 1.6 billion dollars...that's billion with a B. I'm gonna confess. I bought a couple tickets.
What was I hoping for? Mainly, I was hoping that I did not have to go into work the next day. I wanted all of my financial needs to be covered.
In my mind, I thought life would be easier with 1.6 billion in my bank account. (OK, I know it was more like 960 million after taxes.) Seriously, is that my biggest problem? Would 1.6 billion solve all of my problems?
On a few levels, it would solve some problems. But as I thought about it, I think it would create more problems than it would actually solve.
Then I started thinking about the gospel. The truth is that I am a sinner that deserves God's infinite punishment because I have have not lived in such a way that shows the world that God is the greatest. I have, by nature like everyone else, lived according to my own desires.
I have lived as if I am the king of my life....not God. And, in doing so, I have declared to the world that God through my actions is not worthy...not good, not worthy of being King, not worthy of being God. That is what is so heinous about sin. In our sin, we are de-goding God. We are declaring that He is not good, unworthy, and that other things are more glorious than He. (Which is not true at all!)
Logically, I would expect the death penalty for trying to de-king the King. That is what happens in most countries. In front of the King, I am in need of some serious rescue because of my actions. I need a savior! I need someone who can help me.
Look at Psalm 138 and read what God has done.
Give Thanks to the LORD of David.
 I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise;
 I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
for you have exalted above all things
your name and your word.
 On the day I called, you answered me;
my strength of soul you increased.
 All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O LORD,
for they have heard the words of your mouth,
 and they shall sing of the ways of the LORD,
for great is the glory of the LORD.
 For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly,
but the haughty he knows from afar.
 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life;
you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
and your right hand delivers me.
 The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands. (ESV)
There are several things that Pastor Jeff will point out on Sunday. But, I want you to see that even though we are sinners, God has chosen to love those who are born again. God has saved us. He has set His faithful love on us. He has answered us and rescued us.
He should have set His wrath on us but instead He has loved us with a steadfast and infinite love.
So, how about you? Has your entire life been lived for the glory of God? Or, have you being living for you? Do you deserve the wrath of God? Do you need a savior?
If God has opened your eyes to the truth of Jesus, you have more than won the lottery. You have access to the One that owns the universe.
Romans 8:32 "He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?" (ESV)
God has promised to give every believer everything they need. If He gave up His son for us, then He will surely give us everything we need.
In Jesus, we have truly won the lottery and then some. Thinking on these things daily should make us thankful. Join us on Sunday as we explore this and other truths about God's grace, our gratitude, and Good News for EVERYDAY Life!