…so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
– II Corinthians 4:15b
Why does God save us? This verse tells us at least one reason. He saves us so that we might give thanks to God. He saves us for his glory. As more people are saved, more thanksgiving is offered up to God – and he is glorified. Here is a radical God-centered view of salvation.
A few questions follow:
Are we giving thanks to God? Are we reminding ourselves and each other of our great salvation so that, continually amazed by his love, we can’t stop praising God?
Are we sharing the good news so more people can be saved and give thanks to God?
And tying those questions together, are we preaching the gospel in our churches? The gospel needs to be preached because lost people need to be saved, and because saved people need to be continually reminded of what God has done for them so that they will give thanks to God.
If you are his child, his grace has extended to you. You don’t deserve it. You are not worth it. But he loves you. He chose you. He died for you. He forgave you. He changed you. He saved you. So let us join the the Psalmist and:
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
– Psalm 100:4-5