I know Thanksgiving was a few days ago. But no one says I can’t write a blog post about thankfulness whenever I want. After all, Paul says we are to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
And you had to know this was coming…
So long as we are receivers of mercy, we must be givers of thanks.Charles Spurgeon
I mean, Spurgeon quotes are kinda my thing. But anyway, on to the post.
Let’s take a quick quiz to determine if you are a recipient of God’s mercy.
- Are you breathing?
- Are you redeemed?
- Are you blessed?
If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then you have received God’s mercy.
He is merciful by not giving us what we deserve.
He is merciful by holding back the depravity around us.
He is merciful by allowing those who rebel against Him to live on the earth.
And He is gracious.
Gracious in offering us salvation, gracious in sending His Son, gracious in giving us Christ’s righteousness.
And we forget all that.
When someone gives you a nice present, what’s the first thing you do? When your professor helps you work through a major grading issue that was mostly your fault, what do you say to him? When your dad does the dishes so you can lay down with a headache, don’t you say thank you?
And if we say thank you for these little things, shouldn’t we say thank you to the God who gave us salvation?
It’s not like God is only gracious and merciful in November. He continually pours out His blessings on His people. 365, 24/7.
And we respond by seriously counting our blessings and expressing our gratitude once a year.
We are continuous recipients of grace. To follow Spurgeon’s logic, we should therefore be continuous givers of thanks.