John 4:35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”
There’s a saying that “nothing is free” and I feel like it’s true. It’s not that we paid for everything we have. It’s the fact that, very often, someone else paid for it and we received it “freely”. Salvation is like that. And our nation is like that. We come into this world, receiving freely from our parents, who provide every need, while we give nothing, but their delight in watching us develop.
This Sunday, we will look at the blessings of God through His direct gifts and through the sacrifice of others in giving us this country to enjoy.
We must take care that we don’t become a land of entitlement, where we feel we are “owed” all of those blessings and where we feel no gratitude. We will examine why others, who came before us, were willing to sacrifice their lives to preserve our rights and privileges. They died, not able to enjoy the fruit and blessings they gave themselves to preserve.
This will be a service of gratitude for what God has given and repentance for the ways we sometimes take it all for granted.