Today we especially want to encourage thanksgiving to God for all he has done for us at BAC. Today instead of asking someone “How are you?”, please ask: “What are you thankful for today?”
In Luke 17 Jesus had an encounter where 10 lepers were healed. Luke recalls that:
One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Luke 17:15-16 (NIV)
In giving thanks, this person increased their joy by coming back to praise God and fall at Jesus feet in thanks. And although he was a Samaritan outcast, he is remembered for his great example! However Jesus had to ask: “Where are the other nine?” Luke 17:17 (NIV). I pray that at BAC we can do better than 10% thankfulness!
On Tuesday night we thankfully celebrated the year that has been and all God has done through our church, even in hardships. We look forward to the next 12 months. I pray that God will invigorate you to give of your time, energy, money and prayers thankfully into the coming year.