On Monday we took a look at the first key in moving from Thanksgiving to Thanks-Living; that first key is to Live Thankfully. The second key we will examine today is to Live Worshipfully. Once the cross becomes central in our lives, worship becomes our way of living. We live doxologically before the face of God. We live grace-filled, gospel-saturated, God-centered lives in everything. We worship Jesus—not only on Sunday, but every day, everywhere, and in every way. We sing His praises in the boardroom . . . living room . . . family room . . . bedroom . . . school room . . . lunchroom . . . even the locker room!
For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission flowing from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!
(2 Corinthians 9:12-15)
The great Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon wrote, “The Lord always deserves to be praised for what He is in Himself, for His works of creation and providence, for His goodness towards His creatures, and especially for the transcendent act of redemption, and all the marvelous blessing flowing from it. It is always beneficial to praise the Lord; it cheers the day and brightens the night; it lightens toil and softens sorrow.”
A right response to the grace we have been given is to live worshipfully, singing the praises of the One who poured out His precious blood to redeem us from all unrighteousness and to make us His very own possession. The blood has made us all priests, and wherever we go there is ministry to do in His name. There is no menial labor in the Kingdom of God, because our labor is for the praise and glory of the Master. The only menial job in the world is the one where Jesus cannot be found. Everywhere you go Jesus goes with you, so every place is consecrated for the service of our Savior.
So . . . when it comes to living worshipfully, how have you been doing? Have you been living like the psalmist who said, “Be thankful to Him, and bless His name” (Psalm 100:4)?
As you are preparing for your Thanksgiving celebration tomorrow with family and friends, pause for a moment tonight and remember the One who loved you enough to die hanging on a crossbeam. He took your sins—every last one of them, past, present, and future—and nailed them to that dirty tree so that now there is now no condemnation for those who are in Jesus. This gift truly is inexpressible, so when words won’t do, let us live lives that shout to the world that Jesus is ours and we are His!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!