Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Thankfulness from Luke
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.
I was the poor.
I was a slave to sin,
with no family ties, with no inheritance and no future.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,
I was the captive.
I was in chains to my sin.
There was no release in sight since I could not repay my debt.
And recovery of sight to the blind,
I was the blind.
Blind to my desperate need.
Completely blind to my lostness.
I thought I could figure out a way to heal myself.
I was wrong.
To set free those who are oppressed,
I was oppressed.
I was weighed down with my sin.
I carried it with me wherever I went.
It was mine to bear and I had no way to get out from under it.
To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord."
I was the Pharisee, lost in his own legalistic works.
I was the leper, diseased, outcast and hopeless.
I was the tax collector, a thief and beyond despair.
I was the cripple, disfigured by my own sin.
But that was then, and this is now.
I am no longer poor, captive, blind and oppressed.
I am no longer a Pharisee, a leper, a tax collector and a cripple.
Thanks be to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
I am free.
Free from sin, free from the chains that bound me.
I am an heir to the Kingdom of God as His adopted child.
I am no longer lost, but found in His love.
I am washed clean in His blood.
I am His forever and forever He is mine.
We have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, don't we? On the eve of Thanksgiving, I want to wish my friends and family a blessed Thanksgiving Day and to encourage you all to start your thankfulness with the One who has given us all good things.