As we focus on the Thanksgiving Day holiday, most if not all of us can come up with a pretty good list of things we are thankful for. And the Bible tells us that in everything we should give thanks. In this post, I want to underscore the Grace of God, and how thankful we should be for the role it plays in our life.
We know we are saved by grace. But also, for every one of us who is in Christ, God has a purpose for our life. And whatever role we are to play in the body of Christ, God gives us the grace to fulfill His purpose.
As we read and study the New Testament, we can’t help but be impressed by how the Lord used Paul the apostle in the gospel ministry. To underscore the importance of the grace of God in his life, he said he was not fit to be an apostle because he persecuted the church of God (1 Corinthians 15:9). But then he says, “But by the grace of God I am what I am….” (verse 10).
If Paul had to apply for apostleship and provide his qualifications, he would have been disqualified. He persecuted the people of God. He hated people who loved Jesus Christ. He was up to no good when Christ apprehended him on the road to Damascus. But the grace of God disregards our qualifications or the lack there of. Grace is a gift from God.
What Paul says about himself is true of us also. What are what we are in Christ; we are who we are by the grace of God.
Most of us have many material things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day holiday (and every day) such as employment, health and strength, dependable transportation, financial stability, a peaceful home, etc. And we often give God thanks for those things as we should. But one of the best and most priceless things God has blessed us with is His grace for daily living and for serving Him.
The grace of God is a many splendid thing. It can do things for you that money can’t. For instance, you can perfectly prepare yourself for an interview and have the right attire and resume, etc. But only God can give you favor through the person who interviews you. God won’t take away every difficulty you are faced with. But for those He doesn’t remove, He will give you the grace to go through them. Sometimes, I hear about what some people are going through, and I know the only reason they are still standing and have not lost their mind is because the grace of God is sustaining them.
We should expect the grace of God to be with us. We don’t have everything in life figured out. But we can expect grace to be with us. In other words, we should expect all things to work together for our good.
On this Thanksgiving Day holiday (throughout the year); be sure to thank God that you are who you are in Christ. You are what you are in Christ, not because you deserve it but because of God’s amazing grace.
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