Lord Jesus, you have done so much for me. How can I thank you, heavenly guest? How can I thank you for all that you have done for me? Help me to live my whole life to honor you. Amen.
11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 He teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
This last week we have seen the signs of God’s love and grace to us. We have seen the sign that God gave to the shepherds and to Mary, that Jesus had been born for them. We have seen the signs of God’s grace and favor that he has given to us in his Word and in the Sacraments.
We have seen again that Jesus is worthy of all glory and praise. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He has done such incredible things for us to redeem us from sin and cleanse us for himself. He has appeared to us. He has brought salvation to us!
How can we thank him for all that has done for us?
Paul tells us. It’s really quite simple.
He teaches us to say “No” to all that is sinful and ungodly. He teaches us to say “No” to the dirty thoughts that fly through our minds. He teaches us to say “No” to the sinful words on the tip of our tongue. He teaches us to say “No” to unkind and unloving words and actions.
And he teaches us to say “Yes” to what is good and loving. He teaches us to say “Yes” to words of encouragement. He teaches us to say “Yes” to words that are true and loving. He teaches us to say “Yes” to actions that build other people up and help them. He teaches us to say “Yes” to all that is good in God’s sight.
So, how can we thank him for all that he has done for us? We can live our whole life for him. Consider the words of our hymn:
Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days;
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for thee.
Take my voice and let me sing
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from thee.
Take my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Ev'ry pow'r as thou shalt choose.
Take my will and make it thine;
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart - it is thine own;
It shall be thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for thee.
Additional Reading: Romans 12
The hymn talks using our whole life to honor and worship Jesus. Make a list of ways that you can honor God with…
· Our moments
· Our hands
· Our voice
· Our money
· Our will and our desire
· Our love
1. Read Romans 12 and add to the list above.
2. How can you serve Jesus as you serve other people?
Read (or sing) the hymn above as your prayer today.