Thanksgiving weekend is at our door. We are reminded that we are to be thankful to God for all His blessings. Even non-believers celebrate Thanksgiving, realizing that they have many things to be thankful for (although they do not say that they owe it all to God). ‘’I’m thankful, that I have so many things; a family, a car, a house, a good job ...’’ People speak like this at important event, or moments, and on Thanksgiving weekend.
Thanksgiving, for us Christians, is a lifestyle rather than just a periodic thing we do. Ephesians 5:18-20 tells us to “be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ”. Colossians 3:16 tells us,
“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all
wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God”. To be in a spirit of thanksgiving means to live in contentment. It is the opposite of lust, of coveting, of always wanting more. It is to be happy with the blessings God gives us and be thankful for them. It is applying the 9th and 10th Commandments by daily thanking God for who and what we have instead of complaining to God about what we don’t have.
But our greatest thanks goes our Heavenly Father for sending His Son as our Saviour. We thank Him for His inexhaustible love and friendship for us in our daily lives, for the forgiveness of our sins by the blood of His dear Son, for the Holy Spirit who created faith in us and maintains us in the joy of the children of God. In thankfulness, we thus let the Word of Christ dwell in us by taking every opportunity to hear and study it at church and home, so we can better apply it.
Yes, we, indeed, have more reasons to be thankful than to complain.
~ Pastor Jason
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