Gratitude & Humility: Well, You Did Build Something

What do you have that you did not receive?  An honest answer to that question will do much to cultivate genuine gratitude and humility.  There’s great value in recognizing that we’ve never deserved anything from God, our deeds have never merited a reward or forced God’s hand of blessing.  We have never earned anything.

Well, that’s not altogether true. Our deeds have merited some sort of recompense:

James 2:10 – if you don’t keep the whole law, you’re guilty for all of it.
John 3:36 – whoever does not believe in and obey the Son is under God’s wrath.
Romans 6:23 – the wages of sin is death.

We’ve all earned something:  God’s wrath and eternal punishment. That’s what we’ve built.

Want to boast of your worthiness? See the above verses and give it a shot. Want to find rest for your soul and a solution to your guilt? Humble yourself, confess your sins and trust in Christ. He lived the life we should have lived, and he died the death we should have died.  To trust in Him is to receive forgiveness and eternal life.

The New Testament places such an emphasis on gratitude because it’s simply a natural response to what God has done (see: Col 3:15-17; 1 Thess 5:18).

Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord. – 1 Cor 1:31

 

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