As we study Paul’s interaction with the church at Corinth, 2 Corinthians 4:15 provides a very poignant message for us:
“For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.”
In this verse, Paul reminds the Corinthians that the instructions he is providing are for them and for their well-being.
He acknowledges that grace is something they do well and that their evangelistic efforts are not fruitless. As they show and share grace to more and more people, the result is thankfulness.
Those who receive God’s grace through salvation and through the lives and love of His elect can have only one response: thankfulness.
Have you ever been there? Someone shows you grace in such a way that you are humbled by their care for you. You are so encouraged, built up, healed, helped, or affirmed by their words or actions that you can’t help thanking them with everything you have.
The sincere showing of grace does that to people. It stirs in them the compulsion to be grateful, first to the person showing them grace, and to God for blessing in that special way.
And Paul goes on to explain that God is glorified by gratitude.
A thankful heart is an amazing testimony of God’s character and worthiness. Nothing turns the world off to Christianity more than miserable Christians.
Are you a miserable Christian? When things happen that you can’t control, do you grumble and complain or do you thank the Lord sincerely for the fact that He is still in control and that His sovereign plan is perfect in all things?
Is living the Christian life a drudgery to you? Are you downcast as you make choices that honor God but alienate you from people who hate Him?
If you are not a thankful person, it shows. And if your testimony for Christ isn’t one of grace and gratitude, I would implore you to take the time TODAY to search your heart and find out why.
If nothing else, we have something the be abundantly grateful for every minute of every day: The redemptive work of Christ on the cross that secured salvation and eternal unity with God for us, something we were utterly unable to do – either through will or wills – for ourselves (for more on salvation, click here).
May God be praised for the ultimate act of grace that gives us cause to be grateful every moment of our lives!
Until Next Time My Friends,
The Taylor of All Trades