Grateful for Grace
When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping… ~Luke 7:37-38a
Jesus and Simon the Pharisee are sharing a meal, when they are divinely interrupted by a notoriously sinful woman. The tears streaming down her face drop onto Jesus’ well-traveled feet. She dries them with her beautiful hair, breaks open an alabaster jar and pours upon His feet this perfumed oil. As the aroma of sacrifice mixes with the stench of arrogance, Jesus says— Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little." ~Luke 7:40-47
Contrast is essential to thankfulness. Knowing who we are and the grace we’ve been given should ignite gratitude. College students who will be coming home for the holidays understand contrast. A steady diet of Ramen noodles and Mountain Dew create anticipation for a home cooked Thanksgiving dinner.
Recognizing contrast is also key to responding to the grace we’ve been shown. As we prepare our hearts for this Thanksgiving season, reflect on who you were without God and give Him praise for the grace He has shown you by sending His one and only Son to die on the cross and raising Him back to life. Here are a few ways we can respond to God’s grace this season:
Share publicly. Share a daily post of thanksgiving on Facebook or Instagram throughout the month of November at #grateful4grace
Serve personally. Get your family, friends and Life Group involved in serving our city and caring for others in need (Circle of Concern, Inner City Christian Church).
Give generously. Invest in the missions and ministries through our special Thanksgiving offering of $45,000 for High Hill Christian Camp, St. Louis Christian College, Gateway Give, and Gateway’s missionaries/ministries). #grateful4grace, ~Pastor Karl