“Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29
The reason for the gratitude that naturally flows from our hearts is twofold. We are grateful, of course, for an eternal home that has been prepared for us in the presence of our Mighty Creator and the Lamb, who purchased us with His own blood. This is a home that is better than anything we have ever experienced or hoped for on earth, and it is an eternal one which shall never be taken away or destroyed. (Hebrews 10:34, 11:16, 35, 1 Peter 1:3-5)
Secondly, this is a reassuring confidence, in light of the wrath we might rightfully expect for our selfish and rebellious attitudes and actions. The contrast between what is deserved and what is received is astounding and motivating.
Gratitude is the natural response when dread of this shaking is transformed into relief and rejoicing for our permanent home in His kingdom. Reverence and awe are the product of this gratitude. Our unshakable kingdom is both unexpected and undeserved. This is grace. Reverence and awe produce action in keeping with the wonder we experience within. Our hands, feet, and lips respond in service that is acceptable to our gracious God who redeemed us.
Lord let my thoughts, words, and actions reflect gratitude appropriate for Your undeserved favor.