RE Verse reading–Psalm 116:12-19, Mark 8:34-37, 2 Timothy 1:8-12 (day seven) “What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me?” (116:12) Does God expect a return on investment from us? After dismissing the unworthy idea that God is motivated by profit, the answer seems to be yes–and for our good. Nothing is more unattractive than an ungrateful child (unless it is an ungrateful adult). Gratitude is central to our moral and spiritual development. Without it we are stunted and misshapen. Psalm 116 uses a word (shub) that is normally translated “return”. What shall I return to the Lord? It proposes a conviction and life-discipline that those who have “freely received” should also “freely give”. (Matthew 10:8) As we prepare for worship this morning, will you take time to ask, “What attitudes or actions shall I take that will return something to God for His kindness toward me?” “What can I do today?” Great Question! I will see you in a few hours.