Please Here is the first Post of Marshall about giving Thanks.
First off, I'd like to thank Landry for inviting me to guest post here.
Having said that, let's talk more about thankfulness. I'm a big fan of thankfulness because I think thankfulness, more than anything else, is (and should be) the motivator for everything we do.
At Landry's request, I've prepared a five post series called “Thankfulness Matters” for the next couple days. I hope you enjoy it.
Why we serve God
My father is a pastor, and for the past couple years in particular one lesson I've learned from him is that we are completely free in Christ. Since Christ died for us, our sins, both those we've already committed and those we will commit in the future, are completely paid for. That means then that sin doesn't matter to God - our sin is covered.
That's a huge shift for many Christians. Many Christians have this idea that we serve God because it's our Christian duty. In other words, we serve God because if we don't, we won't be connected with Him.
In a way, I agree, but I think it misses the point. I don't think we should serve God because it's our duty. I think we serve God because we love Him. It's a response to all the wonderful, gloriousness He's given us. As 1 John 4:19 says, "We love Him because He first loved us." That's astounding.
I love that about our relationship with God. It's based on love, not duty.
In the next post, I'll try to define what I mean by “thankfulness.”
Marshall is a blogger at bondchristian