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The Pure Heart of Gratitude

Categories: Featured,From Alex and Sarah

Hey Church,

I so appreciated Firstfruits Sunday and the opportunity it was to come and give a simple and uncomplicated offering to God. A chance to express our love in a tangible way.

It reminded me of a time before I was married. I was coming home from a prayer meeting and felt this overwhelming sense of love for God and gratitude for how kind He had been to me. As I was driving home that night, I decided to stop at a service station and buy a Snickers Ice Cream bar. They had just been released and were the top tier of ice creams at $2 each. Whilst in the service station, out of this sense of love and gratitude, I decided to buy 2 of them and leave one on my front passenger seat for the Holy Spirit to share with me. It sounds a bit weird now but I just really wanted to do something nice for Him because He’d been so good to me.  As I ate my ice cream, I just talked with the Holy Spirit telling Him of my love and appreciation for His goodness – I could sense His affirming presence in the car. Of course, after eating my ice cream, I couldn’t leave the other one to melt so I promptly ate His ice cream too. Waste not, want not.

As I reflect back on that time, it seems a little funny, but I remember the purity of heart that I bought that ice cream with. It came from a genuine love and gratitude at how kind God had been to me.

Even now, when I see a Snickers Ice Cream bar, it makes me think of that time and brings back those same feelings toward God.

This is the same heart out of which we came and gave our offering at the weekend – and we sensed the tangible touch of His presence as a result of that heart. A pure heart of gratitude at God’s kindness and grace toward us. But our remembrance of that doesn’t have to be limited to that one offering a year.

I know so many of you tithe and give offerings faithfully every week. Let your tithe remind you of your pure heart of gratitude toward God for His kindness. So many of you serve faithfully week to week. Let your giving of time remind you of your pure heart of gratitude toward God for His kindness. So many of you take time to engage God in prayer each day. Let your giving of worship remind you of your pure heart of gratitude toward God for His kindness.

Colossians 3:17 tells us, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Let me encourage you that in all you do this week, do it for God and let it be out of a pure heart of gratitude toward Him for His kindness to us.

Have a great week

Alex & Sarah