Hebrews 12:28

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Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. - Hebrews 12:28

Dear Jesus,

I am moved by how many times you and your writers encourage us to be thankful and to live in awe of the heavenly Father.  It's mentioned in Romans 1, Philippians 2, Philippians 4, 1 Thessalonians 5 and many other places.  Thankfulness is your reasonable expectation from all of us, since you have given us life itself and the redemption of it after we threw it away.  And even though our own sin has brought on all of us an earthly expiration date, you graciously give us an eternal home that cannot be taken away.  I will live today in gratitude, peace and reverent awe that you chose me to know you and the power of your grace and promises.  My life is good because you made it, redeemed it and will preserve it in a mansion in the heavens. 

Amen

Pastor Don Patterson

Thankful awe is our proper response to the amazing gospel about heaven.