DECEMBER 18 – 24, 2016
“What can I offer the Lord for all he has done for me?” (Psalm 116:12 NLT)
Has the Lord been good to you? Has He done anything at all for you that you are happy about? Do you ever ask yourself what you can do or give to the Lord for all He has done for you? What do you think about doing or giving when you have such thoughts?
I remember sometime ago, I heard a dear lady speak about what she did for the Lord to show her gratitude to Him for giving her a particular victory. She went out and converted 40 souls to Jesus. Wow! I think that is completely awesome! Some people give large amounts of money to sponsor programs and projects that expand the kingdom of God as their way of saying thank you to the Lord. That is also very great! Some look out for the poor around them to help them. Again, that is very beautiful! The Lord did say that when we give to the poor we are lending to Him.
While all these acts are very great and are required of us, are they the way the Lord wants us to show our gratitude for all He has done for us? Aren’t these acts our necessary actions because we are now partners with the Lord?
The psalmist went on to proclaim all that he would do, all that he would offer God for all He has done for him in the next verses after the text, on to verse 18. “I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfil my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfil my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.” (NIV). Is this the way the Lord expects us to do it in our time?
How do we repay the Lord for all He has done for us? Yes, we can sing songs of praise and offer our thanksgiving from our lips with a grateful heart and offer beautiful dancing. However, looking at Romans 12:1-2, we see something different. It is very important for us to know that there is great difference between our world today, and when David or even Jesus lived. The worship of God, our sacrifices, our offerings, our thanksgiving are different, and we must know it.
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life-your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life-and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognise what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” (Romans 12:1-2 MSG)
So my dear Reader, for all the Lord has done for you, the most reasonable offering you can give Him is your everyday life. Give Him your thoughts, all of your waking moments, your attitudes… everything! So that He can change you to be who He wants you to be. As you change, you will be able to know exactly what He wants you to do, including other ways He wants to experience a thanksgiving from you. God created us for a purpose. The best way we can thank Him is to give ourselves to Him so that the purpose He created us for is fulfilled.
As the year 2016 comes to a close, special days are being set aside by various groups of people and institutions to thank the Lord for all He has done in the year. How about it be a time of reflection for us to examine how we used our time to fulfill the purpose He created us for, how we used the talents and gifts He gave us to fulfill the purpose He created us for and how we focused on changing our thoughts and attitudes into Jesus’ to fulfill the purpose He created us for. Then, let us make a commitment that in 2017, everyday will be a day of thanksgiving and offering of gratitude to God as we focus on living out our purpose everyday.
God wants to satisfy you everyday of this week! Get ready to dance at the end of this week because it will be filled with testimonies. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen! Go and enjoy your God and your life this week! Hallelujah!