I love this holiday because it forces most of us to ask ourselves the question, and often ask the question of others… “What makes you thankful?”The answer to that one brings a myriad of answers:
- My family (probably first on the list, it’s a mandatory response)
- My health (followed by mass consumption of food that’s good for nothing even close to a healthy lifestyle)
- My job, my car, my friends, my, my, my…
Please do not hear this is being too snarky, the Bible does tell us to be thankful for all things, and that includes every corner of our lives.
So, when the youngster says their most thankful for their puppy… that’s actually good theology in training.
But, since we’ve grown a little older and wiser, and also understand there’s a lot more to be thankful for than just puppies, let me make sure there’s one more thing on your list for which you have expressed thankfulness.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
More important than anything else we can come up with, even the things that jump right to the front of the line in our mind because they are so near and dear and appreciated, is the one thing that we have absolutely nothing to do with.
Our salvation as a free gift of God. It should be first to cross our lips when speaking of thankfulness every time!
The only thing we have ever owned is our sin, everything else belongs to God. But, if we confess our sin look what it says… “He” is faithful and “He” is just and “He” can cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
This Thanksgiving we will over eat, we will rest and recreate, we will indulge in all kinds of things, but don’t forget to be thankful for the thing that matters most.
There is a God, He loved us even when we were unlovable, and He has done everything we need to save us from ourselves.
I challenge you not only to remember this, to offer a prayer thanksgiving, but to be the one at the Thanksgiving table when asked what they’re thankful for does not neglect to point to the God who saved them.
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