3 Ways to Show God Your Gratitude
You can spell "grace,” G-R-A-C-E as God's Riches At Christ's Expense. In light of what Jesus Christ has done for us, what should be our response? How can we show our gratitute to God?
“You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.” 2 Cor. 8:9
What do I owe Jesus Christ? I owe Him the rest of my life! I owe Him all that I've got. I want to give you three ways you can express gratitude for God's grace.
1. I CAN SHOW MY GRATITUDE FOR GOD'S GRACE BY MAKING MY LIFE COUNT.
When I was 14 years old God did something in my life. He called me to serve him full time in ministry. Actually we’re all called to serve God with our lives full time whether you are in Christian vocation or not. We’re all in ministry as far as God is concerned. One of the things I decided as a teenager was that I wasn’t going to waste my life. That’s one of the reasons I started Seminole Community Church 23 years ago, to make my life count.
"Don't you see that you can't keep on living however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? So let people see God in and through your body!" 1 Cor. 6:19b-20
The truth is, Jesus Christ did not die on the cross for us just to go on living any old way we want to. He made you for a purpose. He created you for a purpose. He redeemed you for a purpose. He died for you for a purpose.
“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” 1 Pet. 4:10
Show gratitude for God’s grace by making your life count. Don't waste your life. Jesus Christ died for it.
Here’s another way we can show our gratitude for God’s grace.
2. BY BECOMING A GENEROUS PERSON
“You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. ‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.’ 8And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” 2 Cor. 9:7-8
The Christian life is summed up in three words -- love, serve, give. Until we learn to be generous with our time, our money, our life, our resources and our opportunities we're not going to be like Christ.
Here's the question for each of us and our church: Are we going to trust the God who gave His life for us? If we can trust Him enough for salvation, can't we trust Him enough in our finances?
The truth is you and I really don't own anything. We don't own anything! God loans it to us for 60, 70, 80 years. It's all His in the first place. Those of you with young kids can relate to this. When my daughter was little she would come to her Mom and Nancy would give her ten or twenty bucks to buy me a birthday present. Can any of you relate to this? Now, where’s the money really coming from in the first place? Right, from me!
It’s the same way with God. God does that with us. He gives to us liberally, generously and abundantly. Then He says, "Now show a little gratitude. Be generous in giving, yourself.
The Bible says in Romans 8:32 "Since God loved us enough to give us His own son, won't He love us enough to take care of every one of our other needs?"
That's kind of logical. The fact is, I can say I love God, I can sing that I trust God and put Him first, but my wallet, my checkbook, can show a real difference. It shows whether we are trusting God or not with our finances. God wants me to become generous like Him. And He wants me to make my life count. Those are 2 ways to show gratitude.
3. BY SHARING THE GOOD NEWS OF GRACE.
“My life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” Acts 20:24
Notice it doesn't say the most important thing in life is to get married, to fund your retirement, to travel a lot and have a lot of fun, to become famous or pay off the house. It says the most important thing in life is to fulfill your mission.
Part of that mission -- just a part, not all -- is to tell other people the good news of grace. God put you on this earth for a reason. God put you on this earth for a purpose. He has a mission that only you can fulfill. But part of that mission, once you step across the line, is to tell other people. You know Christ because somebody told you. Who are you going to tell?
How do I receive the grace of God?
The Bible says in three simple words: By trusting Christ.
Grace is free. All we have to do is accept it. It's free to us. But it's not cheap. It cost Jesus His life. Grace is the most expensive commodity there is. Jesus died on the cross to pay for it. And Jesus never wants us to forget that. He never wants us to forget the sacrifice that He made so that we could experience the grace of God.