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Communion 2010

Thanksgiving

Originally scheduled for November 28

"He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God."

(Psalms 50:23 NASB)

Grandparents can tell you: little children have more than one way to say "thank you." Sometimes it sincere; sometimes it's because their parents prompt them. It would seem that thankfulness is something that must be taught — because kids don't learn it on their own.

There is something of that in this passage. The psalmist is trying to convey the idea that offering thanks to God is a good thing; making your ways right is a better thing. Just coming to God with the sacrifice of thanksgiving — perhaps in song – is a good start. But like the sincerity of the thanks of a three-year-old, God knows the difference between those who are just mouthing the words and those who are living the life. The good news is that those who are living the life find that God accepts the sacrifice of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving and right living are connected.

It's an interesting way to say it: "sacrifice of thanksgiving." It's as if we are reluctant to thank God for what he has done; somehow it's a sacrifice. In little children, we know what causes this — selfishness. It's a little bit more difficult in adults. But we need to look, because of we are not willing to make the sacrifice of thanksgiving then something is wrong with our Christian life.

Therefore, we should examine ourselves before communion. Look into your heart and see if there is something that prevents you from thinking God for the greatest gift ever given. Ask him to clean it out-of-the-way if it is there. And then approach communion with clean hands and a clean heart, making the sacrifice of thanksgiving that honors God.

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