Intentional Gratitude for the Cross

Do you thank Christ daily for dying on the cross for you? For forgiving your sins and saving you?

I don’t.

It’s one of those things that I take for granted like the water that comes out of the sink faucet or the electricity that keeps the a.c. running and the apartment cool during this crazy summer heat.

If the water or electricity gets cut off, I suddenly miss it’s convenience like crazy and realize how different my life would be without these things.

Thankfully my salvation cannot be cut off. I never have to worry about that. But that fact does not diminish how differently my life would be without Christ’s death and resurrection and saving grace in my life. His death and resurrection and saving grace has given me unlimited forgiveness and love and hope in this life and hope for the life to come.

How amazing is that. I think of the old hymn “Amazing love! How can it be? That Thou my God shouldst die for me!” 

Have you ever thought about what it would be like for another human being to give their life for you? I feel like that would change you in ways you can’t even imagine, and that a day wouldn’t go by that you didn’t think of them and feel awe and gratitude and even a debt to them that they would give up their most precious gift - their life - for you. What makes you deserving of that?

This week I want to live in the wonder and the awe of what Christ did for me on the cross and express my gratitude to Him for that every single day. Without Him, I would have no life.

I want to leave you again this week with another quote, or actually a question, from chapter two of the book Choosing Gratitude (you can purchase it here).

“Is the gratitude that flows out of your life as abounding as the grace that has flowed into your life?”

Think of Christ. Think of the cross. May we never lose our wonder.


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