Knowing God's 'Thank You'

 

Knowing God’s ‘Thank you’

Dear friends

In John’s Gospel we read: ‘From the fullness of God’s grace we have all received one blessing after another’ (John 1:16).

I wonder if we fully live in the reality of that blessing or fully appreciate that we have been given ‘every spiritual blessing in Christ’ as Paul writes (Ephesians 1:3).

When was the last time you heard God say ‘thank you’ to you for your commitment and service? Sometimes we think we should be thanking God every day of our lives and the only time we receive any thanks back is when we finally meet him and he says to us: ‘Well done good and faithful servant’ and we miss the fact that God lives in incredible generosity. He is deeply thankful, he treasures us, has chosen us (Eph 1:4) and has placed us ‘In Christ’. It is as we learn to receive his favour, his blessing, his ‘well done’ that we realise we are treasured, we are marked by his goodness, his love, his grace and mercy that we can then imitate him living generously in the power of expansive hope bringing transformation to society around us.

Jesus, who is our model and example always lived knowing the favour of the Father upon him. At his Baptism the words of the Father expressed his honour over his son: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased’ (Mark 1:9). As a result Jesus always knew his true identity, no matter what was thrown at him by the religious rulers and Pharisees, he was confident in his identity as His Father’s Son.

 

As those who are ‘In Christ’ we too can share that confidence because out of his incredible generosity God has immersed us in the life of his Son so that we are no longer in-secure, in-adequate, in-ferior, or living in fear because we are those who are In Christ.

Therefore instead of seeing ourselves through the lens of failure we can see ourselves through the lens of favour. We carry within us the very life of Christ and he is everything we need. We do not need to live in discouragement or hopelessness, intimidation or accusation. The favour of the Father rests upon us, we have every spiritual blessing available to us and more. So lets live in the light of what has been given to us and receive the ‘thank you’ and favour of God.

Why not take some time this week to meditate on these scriptures that remind us that In Christ we have everything we need. Because when we know who we are and what we carry within us, no situation is too difficult for us into which we can bring fresh possibilities and expansive hope.

Coming up this month.

The Alpha Courseresumes on Wednesday 19thSeptember at 7.30pm with a drinks and nibbles evening. Unlike as on previous occasions, we will be launching straight into the first session of the course with the subject being: ‘Who is Jesus?’ Do invite your friends to join us for this ‘taster session’ and let Katie Auld know (Alpha Administrator).

On 22/23 September Roger and Lesley Suttonwho are leading our weekend away next year will be joining us. Lesley will be speaking at the ladies breakfast and Roger preaching on Sunday – do come and meet them and sample what is in store next year!

Harvest Barn Dance – On Friday 28thSeptemberwe will be celebrating Harvest with a ‘Bring and Share supper’ and some dancing in the church. The excellent band we booked a couple of years ago are returning to lead us through our paces, so it is sure to be a lot of fun. Tickets on sale shortly. Due to the popularity of this event we will have to limit numbers, so it will be on a first come first served ticket basis.

Every blessing in Christ    Stephen