November 24, 2017

Philippians 4:6 (NLT) — 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

I trust you all are still feeling full from Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving has a way of filling more than just the stomach. I remember years ago when Cleo and I gathered up some of the nicer clothes and shoes that our son had outgrown. And he had a lot of sweet athletic jerseys, hoodies and shoes because in high school he worked for and athletic company when we were living in Burnsville, MN. Well we put all of these clothing items in the back of our van and took them to a needy family that had a lot of boys. We opened the back of our van and the boys, with much excitement picked out what they wanted. And I do mean picked! There was nothing left in the van when they left.

It was fun to see the smile on their faces and the excitement in their voices as they saw jerseys from their favorite teams. Cleo and I thoroughly enjoyed watching them having fun. However when we left their home that day we were a bit empty in our spirit. Why? Not one of the boys said, “Thank you”. Now we didn’t give at all with any ulterior motives but there still was that lingering emptiness inside.

I believe Paul understood this emptiness when he tells us to thank God for all he has done. Is it possible that we leave God feeling empty when we don’t give thanks on a daily basis? According to the following story in Luke I believe it is possible. This is from the Good News Bible:

Luke 17:12–19 (GNB) — 12 He was going into a village when he was met by ten men suffering from a dreaded skin disease. They stood at a distance 13 and shouted, “Jesus! Master! Take pity on us!” 14 Jesus saw them and said to them, “Go and let the priests examine you.” On the way they were made clean. 15 When one of them saw that he was healed, he came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself to the ground at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. The man was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus said, “There were ten men who were healed; where are the other nine? 18 Why is this foreigner the only one who came back to give thanks to God?” 19 And Jesus said to him, “Get up and go; your faith has made you well.”

Jesus had just healed ten men and only one came back to say, “Thank you.” I believe that Jesus had that astonished empty feeling when he said, “Where are the other nine?”

I don’t want to be the one to leave God with an empty feeling, do you? I don’t want Jesus saying, “Where is Dan isn’t he going to thank me daily for all that I do for him?” If Jesus is going to talk about me in heaven I want him to say, “Wow Dan sure filled me up today with all of his thank you’s in fact I’m stuffed.”

I’ll bet none of you walked away from the Thanksgiving table feeling empty. And the only reason for that was because the Lord graciously provided for you. In light of that lets not walk away without giving thanks to the Lord and that way we will all be full.

Psalm 100 (GNB) — 1 Sing to the Lord, all the world! 2 Worship the Lord with joy; come before him with happy songs! 3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God. He made us, and we belong to him; we are his people, we are his flock. 4 Enter the temple gates with thanksgiving, go into its courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise him. 5 The Lord is good; his love is eternal and his faithfulness lasts for ever.

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  1. Thank you Pastor Dan for feeding your extended family on Thanksgiving Day! It was an over and above surprise to take the time to do that for us. You filled me up with no room for dessert;)