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God Notices Even When Others Don’t

For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. —Hebrews 6:10

That is one of the most ridiculously awesome promises in all the universe–God REMEMBERS all the little (and big) things we do out of love for his name as we serve one another. We might be tempted to think that others don’t care or notice. They might, they might not. But God always notices!

The author of Hebrews wanted his church family to be confident that their trust in God’s promises and radical obedience wasn’t a waste. So he reminded them how their supreme love for God had overflowed in sacrificial service to each other (Hebrews 10:32-36)…

  • They faced public ridicule and persecution, verbal and physical abuse. They felt the pain of others.
  • They stuck by those who ended up in prison, knowing that could possibly land them there too.
  • They didn’t freak out when their property was confiscated by their enemies. They knew their real treasure was with God, was God.
  • They joyfully loved God and joyfully served each other in the nitty, gritty details of life as they followed Jesus together.

Can you imagine being a part of that church family?! In way we are! We are their brothers and sisters in God’s Family because of Jesus. And as God’s children, all of us are also Servants. It’s in our Gospel DNA. We are Servants of God who serve others as a way of life. We serve because God serves!

WBC, let me encourage you to be confident that your trust in God’s promises and your radical obedience in serving one another is not a waste! God notices. God cares. God will reward. Let me remind you and praise God for how his love for you is overflowing in your love for another!

  • You joyfully open your homes to others and even families, blessing them so they can pay off debt and save for their own home.
  • You take in children for a week from the city—not merely to give them a taste of Maine but of Jesus and his glorious gospel.
  • You prepare meals for those who have been sick or injured or have given birth or just because! (Nothing says “We love you with God’s love” like a pan of lasagna!) Continue reading

Thankful People

Below is a post written by David Powlison.

Grace, gratify and gratitude arise from the same linguistic root, whether the language is English, Greek, or Latin. The good gift, the deep pleasure, and the heartfelt thankfulness are connected experientially, just as they are linguistically.

Gratitude happens when you take to heart a good gift that brings you great pleasure.

In what follows, I offer you old, seasoned gifts: a hymn, a prayer, and a poem. These are wise words from wise people. Each intends to prime the pump of your thankfulness.

Print them out. Take to your own heart what is written.

Perhaps it is appropriate to print out multiple copies of one of these (or all three) to bring to your Thanksgiving Day table? They bring food for thought. They guide thoughtful prayer. They prime the pump of thoughtful conversation. Each in its own way reflects on how hard it is to be thankful, on the hard things around us and the hard things inside us. And each moves freely between thankfulness and our need for what we don’t yet have.

Here are good gifts, meant to bring you deep pleasure, to make you thankful, to make you long for more. Continue reading