06/19/20 Gratitude

READING: Proverbs 26-28, 1 Thessalonians 3

Today’s another one of those days when I think about people who’ve influenced my Christian walk. In previous devotions, I’ve named church members whose witness has propelled me forward. Today, the people that come to mind are believers I’ve met around the world who put their lives on the line every day to follow Jesus. Some have left other world faiths at the cost of being kicked out of their family. Some have lost jobs and income. Some bear the scars of persecution in the past. Others are imprisoned as I write these words.

Some are pastors who sacrifice much to lead God’s people. Some are tribal leaders who challenge their extended family and friends to follow Jesus. Some, frankly, are but a candle of light some of the darkest places in the world. All welcome teachers to teach them, love hearing the Word, and feed on the Scriptures. They are gracious, grateful, and God-glorifying.

I think of all these folks, and all I can say are the words of the apostle Paul to the Thessalonians, “How can we thank God for you in return for all the joy we experience before our God because of you?” (1 Thess 3:9). In essence, Paul was saying, “I can’t thank God enough – words can’t fully capture my gratitude – for the joy in my life that comes from hearing about your faith.” I, too, can’t thank God enough for the ways believers around the world have inspired me by their faithful, costly obedience. And, I hope I can inspire others, too.

PRAYER: “Lord, what can I say? You’ve been so gracious to me through other believers. I can’t thank You enough.”  

TOMORROW’S READING: Weekend is for catch-up and review

MONDAY’S READING: Proverbs 29-31, 1 Thessalonians 4























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