Grace and Thanksgiving

Re:Verse reading–2 Corinthians 4 (day four) 

“so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.”

There is a very close connection to grace and thanksgiving in this passage than we might not recognize.  It is better seen in the Greek.  Grace- charis Thanksgiving- eucharistian. The true giving of thanks in Paul’s words is directed naturally and intently to the giver of the gift (glory of God) as opposed to only the gift.  We are thankful for jobs and vocations.  If we are honest, we do feel like we have earned (to some degree) the salary and wages.  We have exchanged labor for pay with our employer.  The degree of thankfulness is less.  The  more undeserved the gift, the more easily the attention and gratitude is directed to the giver.  What gift is more undeserved than grace? What gift could be greater than grace?  What is a more fitting response to grace than thanksgiving?  Ephesians 2:5  For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. 

Author: Scott Lane

Scott Lane is the Executive Pastor of Ministry at FBCSA.

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