Thanksgiving

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son

What is it that you’re truly thankful for? In the spirit of the holidays, the other day we were asked to go around the room and tell everyone what we were thankful for. People said their families, their jobs, good health, etc. I began to think of what I would say and my mind was racing with so many different blessings. After a few moments of this it dawned on me, to sum it all up I simply needed to say, “I’m thankful for the sacrifice and love of Jesus Christ.” Maybe it wasn’t what people were expecting, and I’m sure it made a few people a little uncomfortable, but as a believer He is the reason that I am joyful and thankful.

Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good – Psalms 106:1

There are countless verses in the Bible that call us to give thanks to the most Holy God. Yet, the other day when we had to go around the room, I realized that I don’t show the world how thankful I truly am. I spend very little time sharing my gratitude towards my Savior with the people around me. Why is it that I had to wait until Thanksgiving to share with others that Jesus’ love changed my life?

In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

The God who created everything, who gave me life, who sent His Son for my behalf, is deserving of all my praise and thanksgiving. Not just one day a year, and not just in the privacy of my room, but in everything I do, I am to give Him thanks. Isn’t it interesting how we as Christians sometimes fail to be thankful? It is easy to grumble and complain when things are difficult, but how great would it be if the world were to see us thankful when things are difficult? Paul is reminding us in the verse above, that in everything we are to be thankful. No matter what struggles we are going through, we are to be thankful. This type of attitude in a believer speaks volumes to the world around us.

We live in a culture where people always want more. They know there is more out there and are never settled with what they have. There’s a sense of thanklessness when you are never satisfied with what you have. As believers, we must constantly be in thankfulness towards God so that we don’t fall into the patterns of the people around us. 2 Corinthians 4:15 reminds us that as people receive God’s grace in salvation it leads to a heart of thankfulness. This should be our pattern: giving thanks to God constantly. He has provided for our every need and has given us the greatest gift, His Son. This deserves endless praise and thanksgiving. The people I am surrounded by on a daily basis, should see I am always joyful and giving thanks! It should not be once a year that I share what I am thankful for, but daily I should speak of His love and His faithfulness in my life.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. – Colossians 3:17

One thought on “Thanksgiving

  1. Love this post, Jenie! I just read today’s P31M devotion and it reminded me of this post.

    Love this challenge and perspective-change: “How great would it be if the world were to see us thankful when things are difficult?” In the face of the greatest adversities and struggles, we have to remember we are STILL so FAR BEYOND blessed because of the work of the Cross. Even in suffering and hardship, we have MUCH to be thankful for because we are loved by Love itself, because we have the promises of God to lean on and an eternal Hope to look forward to! Thank you for this post! Here’s the link to the P31M devo if you’re interested in checking it out: http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devo/a-cornucopia-of-contentment/

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