When we think about all of the blessings God has given us, it’s hard to imagine we can give anything worthy in return, but here are seven precious things devoted Christians can offer to God:
Joy – James (1:2,3 Christian Standard Bible) encourages us to be joyful even in difficult situations: “Consider it a great joy,…whenever you experience various trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.”
Thanksgiving and praise – in Ephesians, (5:19,20 NLT) Paul advises us to be “…singing…hymns…among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” What specific things are YOU thankful for?
Good works – Everyone has a special talent – how can we use it in the service of the Lord? Do you like to sing or play an instrument? Volunteer to play something cheerful for someone who is sick. Do you like to draw or color? Send a picture to someone who is sad. Hebrews says, “But go on doing good and giving to others, because God is well-pleased with such offerings." (Hebrews 13:16, BBE)
Reverence – which is another word for deep respect. When we learn about God, we pay attention to our teachers. When we pray, we concentrate on our words carefully. When we speak about God, we do it in a respectful manner because He is the creator of the universe. Exodus (20:7 NLT) says, “You must not misuse the name of the LORD your God.”
Humility – which is the quality of not thinking too highly of ourselves, of being humble. 1 Peter (5:5 NLT) says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” A humble heart attitude is a precious thing we can offer to God.
Trust – in times of trouble, do we freeze with fear, or do we go to God in prayer, telling Him our problems and trusting in His goodness and mercy? He knows overall what’s best for all of us and has our highest spiritual well-being in mind. Proverbs says, (3:5, NIV) Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;”
Time – do we make time for regular Bible study, prayer, and helping others? Try swapping out screen time for Bible time! Learn about the people of the Bible and their lives. Let’s spend more time in prayer and use our extra time to make things easier for others.
So, what can we offer to God? Joy, thanksgiving and praise, good works, reverence, humility, trust, and time.
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