From Wretchedness to Thanksgiving
November 23, 2009
“Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body
of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! … There
is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” – Romans
Counting your blessings and expressing thanksgiving to God for
them is something we should do “early and often.” But
I urge you today: make it a full list of blessings! Give God thanks
for all the physical things he has given you, for the help he provides
through each day, for your treasured relationships … as
the list goes on, be sure to remember the deepest things of all:
thanksgiving for salvation from your sin, for freedom from slavery,
for redemption from wretchedness. Without this core, all the other
blessings would never have come to be!
- Spend some time remembering
your “B.C.” days – what
was your life like before you accepted Christ as your Savior?
What sins tormented you? What fears gripped you? What addictions
- Picture the cross in your mind, with Jesus hanging
on it. Consider that every beat of his heart was for you – to
save you from those sins, those fears, those addictions … from
the absolute wretchedness of your life.
- Now picture him risen
from the dead – your savior,
your brother, your friend, your king, your captain, your advocate,
your peace, your hope, and your God! Offer him great thanksgiving
from the depth of your heart!