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Psalm 100:4 “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name”

Luke 7 describes the story of a sinful woman approaching Jesus at the dinner table, pouring perfume on his feet and wiping them with her hair. John 12 describes the story of Mary approaching Jesus at the dinner table, pouring perfume on his feet and wiping them with her hair. Either Jesus had really attractive feet, or there was something common in their actions!

Mary and the sinful woman came from completely different backgrounds, yet were led to the very same action of thankfulness. One came from the situation of blessing and favor (raising Lazarus from the dead), the other came from sin and forgiveness. Both were equally thankful for what Jesus had done for them, yet their scenarios were completely different.

It made we question what we most thank God for in our lives? For where his grace most stands out to us…or where we are expected to thank him most? Where God’s grace most stands out in my life is in his abundant blessing, not necessarily rescuing me from my sin. I cannot often relate to an ‘old life of sin‘, because even though I sin now I was raised to love God from an early age.

I thank him greatly for restoring me from my present sin, but being rescued from a life of sin is somewhat of an abstract phenomenon to me, one that I can only imagine! So rather spending my thankfulness on an abstract phenomenon I cannot fully relate to, I choose to thank God for where I have experienced his grace firsthand in my life.

Do you thank God for where you are really thankful, or where you feel you should be thankful?

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