πŸ‘‘ You’re Welcome!

Like many Americans, I used to spendΒ SundayΒ evenings watchingΒ 60 Minutes. My favorite part came near the end of each week’s show, when Andy Rooney would voice his complaints and opinions about things. Since his complaints were often aimed at new things, I figured he was just a crotchety old man who didn’t like change. Now that I’m about the age that he was then, I’m finding that I’m not so crazy about change myself, and there is one societal change that I find particularly vexing.

When I was a boy, I was taught that if someone says β€œthank you,” the polite way to respond is to say, β€œYou’re welcome.” In recent years I have noticed that β€œyou’re welcome” has been replaced by β€œno problem,” or β€œnot a problem.” I’m not sure why this vexes me, but in true Andy Rooney-like fashion, it does!

Maybe it is because, if we think it through, this response isn’t nearly as good. Saying β€œyou’re welcome” after a kindness means that the person who did you the kindness feels that you are a good person who is welcome to such kind treatment. β€œNo problem” just says, β€œBeing kind to you didn’t inconvenience me;” it says nothing of your worthiness to be treated so well.

If God were speaking aloud these days, one wonders how He would respond when we thank Him for all the spiritual blessings we have in Christ (Eph. 1:3). I doubt He would say, β€œNo problem, being kind to you didn’t inconvenience Me,” for the price He paid at Calvary to procure these blessings was too high. We feel He would rather respond to our thanks with, β€œYou are welcome to such blessings.” Of course, we are not worthy of these blessings because we are good people in ourselves, but rather because of who He has made us in Christ. As difficult as it is for humble Christians to accept, now that we are children of God, we are welcome to the same treatment from God that He gives His own Son. As Paul put it, we are β€œjoint-heirs with Christ” (Rom. 8:17), and so β€œhow shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Rom.Β 8:32).

Remember every day to thank God for all that He has done for you in Christ. Anyone can thank Him for β€œlife, and breath, and all things” of that nature, for these β€œHe giveth to all” (ActsΒ 17:25). Only the child of God can thank Him for β€œall spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” If we don’t thank Him for these things, who will? source

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