Well it’s almost the day. A day some people call turkey day and while I do plan on eating a decent amount of turkey, you’ll never hear me call it that. It’s Thanksgiving. Some people say it’s the day when the Pilgrims thanked the Native Americans for helping them to survive in the new world, that’s not even close. Oh I have no doubt they were grateful and it seems they blessed their new neighbors with a feast, but their Thanksgiving was to God. Thanksgiving is a day about God and our gratitude to Him for all His provisions, even for kind neighbors who help us out. We would have absolutely nothing if it were not for God. We would not exist at all were it not for God.
Think about what God did. The creation account seems pretty clear. God made everything. Lastly He created humanity and after He created humanity, He gave everything to us. When sin separated us from Him, our imperfection barring us both from His perfect heaven and from the relationship He desires to have with us, He gave His perfect Son to pay our price. We enter heaven wrapped in the perfection of the perfect One, Jesus Christ. God gave His perfect Son for you. If you ever question your value as a human being read that last sentence again. God gave His perfect Son for you. This should make us immensely joyful and even more grateful and it is with that gratitude that we give thanks. Giving thanks? Thanksgiving!
So here’s the question, how can you use the creative gifts He has given (another reason to be thankful) to express your gratitude to the Lord? How can you do that in such a way that people see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven? You see, God didn;t just give His Son for you. He gave His son for everyone who will believe. God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in Him we would be the righteousness of God. Through the sacrifice of Jesus, God reconciled us to Himself, then just after, He entrusted us with the ministry of reconciliation, showing others how to be reconciled to God. This is our mission and fulfilling that mission should spring out of our gratitude.
How will you express your gratitude?