I number gifts and I snap photos and I write graces and I post them here. A continual boasting of His love poured out; rain drops of great grace. But what’s the point of eucharisteo?
Is it a mere Joel Osteen type attempt at a false prosperity gospel to bring health, wealth, and happiness by speaking bold “words of faith” and gratefulness to leverage victory and gain? Is it another postmodern system of relativism that preaches thankfulness without acknowledging to Whom we ought to be thankful?
The apostle Paul answers these questions for us in Galatians 6:14:
With the words God forbid, Paul makes it clear that any other ground for boasting is counterfeit and contrary to the Gospel. The cross was an object of shame to the Judaizers, and means little to legalists, but to the wretch who grasps amazing grace, the cross is the only symbol of thanksgiving.
Romans 2:4-5 teaches that we store up God’s wrath if we think lightly of the blessings we receive, not grasping that His kindness is meant to lead us to repentance and boasting in His death and resurrection.
While the Bible itself speaks of boasting in other things – in the glory of God (Romans 5:2), in our weaknesses (2 Cor. 11:30 & 12:9), in tribulations (Romans 5:3), and in the people of Christ (1 Thess. 2:19) – Paul is saying that all other boasting must still find its validity in the cross.
In his book The Passion of Jesus Christ, John Piper offers this truth:
“Everything good, and everything bad that God turns for the good, was purchased by the sufferings of Christ…every legitimate pleasure in the world becomes a blood-bought evidence of Christ’s love and an occasion of boasting in the cross. When our hearts run back along the beam of blessing, to the source in the cross, then the worldliness of the blessing is dead, and Christ crucified is everything.” (emphasis mine)
And so we boast in our blessings because they find their dawn and their legitimacy in the cross.
“In the still, the Spirit comes and He whispers a name.
The counting of all blessings is ultimately summed up in One.” ~ Ann Voskamp
Thanksgiving Thursday: Unwrapping the Gifts
1146. Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me!
1111. Writing at a coffee shop during a rainstorm
1096. Sundresses; because every girl feels good in a sundress 🙂
1101. Take out from Three Margaritas
1118. Taking our Peanut up her first 14er
1134. Snuggling on the couch with my Love, watching a late night movie
1144. A family walk that ended just as the rain began to pour
1090. Playing games and eating pizza during Peanut’s nap
Please tell me, what gifts have you unwrapped this week?