Thanksgiving

November is traditionally a time for us to reflect on how thankful we are as we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.  This month, I’d like to suggest some things that we as Christians should be thankful for.  First, and foremost, we ought to thank God daily for our salvation through Christ.  Even though His death on the cross happened more that 2,000 years ago, it still has the power to save today.  If you are reading this and are unsaved, all you need to do is believe the gospel: that Christ died for your sins, was buried and rose again the third day for you personally. It is by trusting in the finished work of Christ on the cross that has the power to save (Romans 1:16).  Next, as believers, the Bible is clear to us that we are to give thanks in all situations.  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tell us: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (NKJV)  Next, we can and should give thanks in everything partly because we are “in Christ” and He is in us.  It is God that puts us in the position of being able to give thanks in everything, good or bad.  One of the reasons this is so is because, as believers, we know that according to Romans 8, nothing can separate us from the love of God.  Dear saved friend, God will never leave you.  God will never abandon you and He will see you safely to your eternal home in heaven.  That’s His promise to all who trust in Him for salvation.  If you have not done so, I urge you to trust Him today and your soul will rejoice knowing that He has a place for you all arranged in heaven.

For us as believers we should develop an “attitude of gratitude” recognizing that everything we have comes from God.  This makes thanksgiving something we practice every day and not just one day a year.  Instead of thanksgiving, this becomes “thanksliving” which means that we are thankful every day for what God has given us. 

If you’d like to learn more about any of these things that I have briefly shared with you, why not visit us at Grace Memorial Church either on a Sunday morning, or a Wednesday afternoon.  We would welcome you and look forward to having a wonderful time of fellowship around the Word of God together.