“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
Thank you notes are common in our society. It’s seen as bad etiquette if we don’t send them. Thank you notes even have their very own guidelines that we are all supposed to follow. We send thank you notes for a kind gesture, birthday gifts or even after a job interview.
What if someone saved your life? Would you send them a thank you note? How would you repay them? Or saved your kids life? How could you ever repay that person? I am sure you would spend your whole life doing kind things for this person to show your appreciation. This person would probably be invited to every event in your life. You would give them gifts even if they refused. Every time you thought of this person you would be filled with gratitude. You would probably rave to everyone one you knew about this person telling anyone that would listen how great they were
What if that person said that all you had to do to repay them was to hang out with them once a week and during the week to talk to them, even tell them YOUR problems. That all they wanted was to get to know you. Most of us would probably be confused and feel uncomfortable going to someone who did so much for us with our little day to day issues. But how could you say no? What lengths would you go to, to show your appreciation?
Why then is it so hard for us to show our appreciation to Jesus?
We have no problem going to Him when times are hard. Yet we make excuses when it comes to carving our specific time for God. My husband would ask me why I hadn’t read my bible and I would immediately get defensive. How am I supposed to make time? I have a child who wants my constant attention, I work full time, I am pregnant., I am tired, I have to cook etc. I was even offended and jealous of him. I would think. ‘Oh must be nice you get to spend time with God, but Elijah won’t give me a moment alone”
Now I have two kids one being a newborn and I have been intentional about spending time with God. How silly my excuses were. How foolish I was. I wasn’t broken by the cross. All God was asking is that I spend time with Him and I was telling Him, eh not today, I am busy. Maybe tomorrow, maybe the next day. You know when I get time God, because life is SOOOO hard. Yah I know you helped me when I was broken but hey you’ll be there tomorrow right?!
So easily I pushed Him aside. So easily I forgot the weight of the cross.
We always feel like we owe people things. We owe them our time, we owe them our energy. People who honestly have done nothing more than enjoy our company. We often feel guilty if we break plans with friends for dinner. But when it comes to spending 10 minutes with God we blow him off with no regard, no guilt.
This Easter I urge you to take a look at your life. If the cross is really that important to us how can we show that in our everyday walk. What changes can be made to make time for God. We spend so much time thinking of the perfect gift to repay people with and we should have that same thought when it comes to repaying Christ.
I know I am unworthy, I know that there is nothing that I can truly do to repay Him that’s why it breaks me.
I googled proper guidelines for thank you notes and it’s funny to me how we can use this to show our praise to God either in prayer or in our daily walk.
- Greeting: Waking up each day acknowling God calling Him by name. The bible is full of different ways to call out to God by name. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High. Pslam 9:2
- Express your Thanks: Thank Him for everything He has done for you either in word or action No one is like you, LORD; you are great, and your name is mighty in power. Jeremiah 10:6
- Add specific details: Talk to him about your life, offer up prayer requests, Tell Him exactly why you are thankful. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14
- Look ahead: Usually in a thank you note we say something along the lines of “ I hope to see you soon” or “Let’s get lunch. Make plans with God. Abide in His word. Ask him how you can repay Him. Let God guide you. I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with My eye on you, I will give counsel. Psalm 32:8
- Restate your thanks: Continually give Him praise. Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. Hebrews 13:15
6 .End with your regards: In the name of Jesus. Daily let everything you do show His grace and Love and end your prayers in Jesus name. We are lucky to have the power of Jesus and our life should show that. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:13-14
He is not here, HE HAS RISEN. Just as he said he would..