《Today’s spiritual meditation》: “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” (Heb 13:15)
Meditation one: What is the foundation of Christians’ gratitude? It is the salvation of Jesus Christ. Without experiencing the salvation of Jesus Christ, one would not know how to thank God, let alone testify to God’s amazing grace. Thinking of what He has done for us, the love He sacrificed for us, the life He laid down for us, the precious blood he shed for us, and the love and patience He shown to us, shouldn’t we give thanks to God?
Meditation two: In the era of Old Testament, no one could worship God empty-handed. Everyone must worship God with sacrifices according to their capacities, although only priests can offer sacrifices. In the New Testament era, because the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, bore the sins of the world to accomplish the great salvation on the cross, all those who were saved by grace should come to God with gratitude and dedication. God has promised us: “Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me, and to the blameless I will show my salvation.” (Psa 50:23)
Prayer: Thank God heavenly Father, because “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being” (Rev 4:11). What God wants is not our money, talents, time, energy, or service, but our sacrifice of praise through submission and obedience. Please teach me not only always be grateful, but also to have the action of dedication. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!