God has proven time and time again that He doesn’t simply satisfy your needs, but will do extraordinary things to show you that He loves you and desires your praise. If you’ll be honest with yourself, you’ll realize that you would be bothered, even if in the least bit, by someone who was as demanding of you as most people are of God. Consider this, if you were to go out of your way to do something for someone else a few times and they failed to say thank you or express their gratitude, would you continue to go out of your way for them? Would you continue to give to them cheerfully and love them as Jesus expresses in Luke 6:27-36? Would you be hesitant to assist them in the future? Maybe it would make your blood boil and you would harden your heart, vowing to never do anything for that person (or others) ever again (note: this is not the Christ-like approach). Whatever your response to such a situation, be grateful that God loves us unconditionally, and is gracious, faithful, and merciful. If we had to reimburse God for everything that He has done, is doing, and will do for us, we could never repay Him, not even in all eternity.  What you can do, however, is make it a point to show your gratitude to God daily, not just saying it but by living a life of humility and service to him; that is, loving God with all that you are and possess, and by loving others like you love yourself. This is the least you can do for God, who has done the most for you!

MD 4/12/12