You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this…

 “Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would suffer. Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,

Acts 3:14-15 & 17-19

Thankyou is such an inadequate word. Every day we use it for every and any occasion. We say thankyou when someone passes us the salt. Thankyou when we receive an off-hand compliment. Thankyou when we purchase and receive a coffee.

A friend of mine had a history of suffering minor seizures. He was swimming at a beach in Sydney with his girlfriend when he began to shake and lose control of his body. He would have drowned except for another swimming noticing him and bringing him into shore. As she checked on him, the only word he could find was, thank you.

We give thanks for so many things from God. For food, the day or a nice sunrise in the morning. These are appropriate responses to the kindness and goodness of God. But thankyou is the same word we use to respond to God’s saving grace.

It feels so inadequate when you think about it. We were responsible for the death of the author of life - Jesus Christ. We are sinners against the God of perfect holiness. We deserve the death of eternal perishing. But God, in His grace, saved us, rescued us from our dire situation.
Thank You might feel inadequate. But of course, it’s not simply a word. It’s a how deeply we mean it. And unlike the barista at the coffee shop, God knows how deeply we mean it.

Let’s give deep deep thanks today for God’s saving grace to sinners.

For Today:
  • What’s something you said thankyou for today?
  • What amazes you about God’s saving grace?
  • Spend time giving thanks to God for His mercy to you.

Pray: Praise the Father that He is full of grace and mercy. Give thanks for Jesus Christ who rescues us from our sins. Ask God for His Holy Spirit to help you and others respond in deep thanksgiving.

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