Hebrews 12:28-29 – 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.
The writer of Hebrews had been speaking of “the unshaken kingdom.” He admonishes the reader not to refuse the Lord who is speaking from heaven like those of old refused the one who spoke from earth, chiefly Moses and the Law. The ground shook when God spoke from the mountain to Israel. God promised to shake not only the earth, but heaven as well. The Lord indicates the removing of things that can be shaken. He also declares there are things which cannot be shaken. It is in this context the writer assures us that we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken.
As a believer our attitude should be one of gratitude. If we are in Christ Jesus through faith in His finished work in the cross, then we have been made partakers of an “unshakable kingdom.” No matter what happens around us, we are firmly established in Him. Shaking will take place. There are those things which will be consumed, “for our God is a consuming fire.” His eternal plans for His kids are settled. From this truth and our understanding, gratitude should dominate our life. From that gratitude flows – “an acceptable service.” The service the writer is addressing is a life of praise and worship.
Gratitude cannot be worked up, but is an attitude of the heart that comes from the knowledge of who we are in Christ Jesus the Lord. It is knowledge that we have a heavenly Father who has given us all things that cannot be removed for His praise and glory. With that knowledge firmly established, praise and worship becomes a constant in our life.
This is a season when Americans celebrate what God has given us, principally “freedom and liberty” rooted in a strong faith in God through the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. Many have lost vision regarding the true meaning of the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the Pilgrims. There is a great shaking happening in both the nation of America and throughout the nations of the world. Nevertheless, God’s kingdom cannot be shaken, only our wrong concepts of His purposes.
Let gratitude fill your heart today for all that our great God and King has done. Regardless of what is happening around us, what we see on the television news of the shaking of our culture; we must know that our God reigns! His promises are sure. He never changes! For that reason His eternal plans will be accomplished. “Walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude (Colossians 2:6-7).
“For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer” (1 Timothy 4:4-5).
Father, I thank You that You are good. Fill me with gratitude for all You have done in Christ Jesus. From that gratitude, open my spirit so that heavenly praise and worship might flow from my innermost being. Give to me a true heart of gratitude.