There is food for every soul in this house today. What I am going to share with you has a two-edged effect. When you partake of this food, it feeds you and others as the same time. It’s really a wonderful commodity.
Though this food has such power to multiply itself through its consumption, it is often in short supply. Where it is in short supply, there is a malnourished soul.
“A beautiful legend tells the story of two angels that were sent forth throughout the land, each given a basket, one to gather up requests and the other thanksgivings. The angel of requests came back with her basket running over full. The angel of thanksgivings came back with her basket practically empty. So it is in life. It seems that all have requests to make, but few of us think to return and give thanks.” (Heber Q. Hale, 1919)
“Appreciation is the food of the soul.”
Five Ways to Share this simple food for the soul with the world:
1. Say It! (Leper) Luke 17:15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.
Why did only one cleansed leper return to thank Jesus? The following are nine suggested reasons why the nine did not return:
One waited to see if the cure was real. One waited to see if it would last. One said he would see Jesus later. One decided that he had never had leprosy. One said he would have gotten well anyway. One gave the glory to the priests. One said, “O, well, Jesus didn’t really do anything.” One said, “Any rabbi could have done it.” One said, “I was already much improved.”
– Charles L. Brown, Content The Newsletter Newsletter, June, 1990, Page
Illustration- This past year our family has started a new tradition. Whenever one of us has a birthday, there are several things we do. It has been so life-giving. We all enjoy it and more than that, we all need it. Here is what we do:
1. We get together for a meal. 2. We bring gifts. 3. The person of honor sits at the head of the table. 4. After the meal, each of us shares from the heart what the other person means to us and what we see about them that we admire. 5. We give the gifts and eat the cake.
2. Sing it! Ephesians 5:18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.
3. Send It! (Paul) 1 Thessalonians 1:2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers,
1 Timothy 2:1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,
-mail (cards, letters) -email
Illus-Last week a pastor sent me an email of a young girl who was saved in their Weds. night service through an outline he used which I had posted online. It really encouraged me.
4. Show It! (Mary anointed Jesus feet.) John 12:1 Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead,[a] whom He had raised from the dead. 2 There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. 3 Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
-Gift (The story of a WWII soldier who returned to Eurpope and carried food, clothing to the family who sheltered you.
-Act Illus- Warren Wiersbe illustrated this problem in his commentary on Colossians. He told about a ministerial student in Evanston, Illinois, who was part of a life-saving squad. In 1860, a ship went aground on the shore of Lake Michigan near Evanston, and Edward Spencer waded again and again into the frigid waters to rescue 17 passengers. In the process, his health was permanently damaged. Some years later at his funeral, it was noted that not one of the people he rescued ever thanked him.
5. Spread It! (Barnabas) Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
2 Cor. 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
-Live it daily -Cultivate an appreciative attitude -Wear the right pair of glasses!
Conclusion – The story is told of a man who found the barn where Satan stores the seeds he sows in the human heart: envy, greed, anger, hatred, lust, and so on. The man soon noticed that Satan had more seeds of discouragement than of any other kind. He learned that those seeds could be made to grow almost anywhere. When Satan was questioned, he reluctantly admitted that there was one place in which he could not get them to grow. “And where is that?” asked the man. Satan replied sadly, “In the heart of a thankful man.”