Colossians 3:15-17, And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day! It is one of the favorite and most festive of our holidays in America. It’s normally a time when family and friends get together. There’s always a lot of food, fun, fellowship, and for most of the men, there’s always a lot’s of football. Our churches’ normally will have some sort of Thanksgiving service and our schools a Thanksgiving program.
I am thankful I had a chance to be a part of both yesterday at our home church!
At the same time, it is important that we remember that Thanksgiving is more than a few days off of work and school and food, fun, fellowship, and, of course, can’t forget that football. Thanksgiving really is an attitude, and it’s an attitude that we should have year round.
Thanksgiving should be an attitude of gratitude towards God and others!
Paul, more than any other biblical writer, understood the importance of a thankful heart. Over an over again, regardless of his circumstances (often very difficult circumstances), the apostle Paul demonstrated a thankful heart, and encouraged those whom he had influence over to be grateful, or to have an attitude of gratitude!
As Christians-as American Christians-we have so much to be thankful for. To name just a few of these many reasons:
- We are saved
- Our sins are forgiven
- God is our Father
- Heaven is our home
- We have the Word of God in our language
- We have the freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our hearts
- We have good Bible-believing churches for us, our children and grandchildren to attend
- We have Christian schools for our children to attend
- We have unlimited Christian resources
- Most of us are healthy
- We have food on our table
- We have clothes (nice ones at that) on our back
- We have a roof over our head
There’s so much more that we can and should be grateful for!
I am thankful for you. I am thankful for all of you. I am thankful for your faithful service for our Lord. I am thankful for your friendship. My wife and I are grateful for your love, your prayers, and for your financial support.
A true spirit of thanksgiving, or an attitude of gratitude, should inspire us to sacrifice more, serve more, and it should inspire us to be willing to be sent to the uttermost parts of the earth to lovingly bring the glorious Gospel of God’s grace to those who have so little, while we have so much!
Psalm 100:4, Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
I just wanted to say, “Happy Thanksgiving!”
Just reflecting on Thanksgiving!!!