This week is Thanksgiving, 2016, and is a holiday celebrated every year by millions of Americans. Is there something more than just eating food and watching football?
Every year most families sit around the dinner table after eating Thanksgiving dinner and take time saying the things for which they are thankful. These are meaningful times for each family. Sometimes the thanks are humorous while other times they highlight some of the most serious and important moments of the year.
I find that a lot of people talk about being thankful or giving of thanks, this time of year. However many do not live like they are thankful.
Now I am not talking about saying what you are thankful for or even telling someone that you are thankful for them. No, I am referring to living your faith in action.
Thanksgiving is a lifestyle, not just a one-day celebration.
For example, Jesus once healed 10 lepers and only one of them came back and gave thanks. The one that came back to thank Jesus reflected a life that was changed.
In Ephesians, we are told to be kind to one another because Christ loved us. This is another way to show thanks.
As a Christian, the best way that we can show thanks for what Christ did for us is by living a life that shows evidence of that change. We show love because Christ first loved us. we show grace and mercy to others because Christ first showed that to us.
Ephesians 5:20 – Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In Matthew 18 Jesus tells the story of someone who was forgiven an incredible sum of money. He in return refused to forgive a fellow servant who owed him an infinitesimal amount of money in comparison. The application of the passage is, forgive others because you have been forgiven much more.
In the context of this post, the man did not act like he was forgiven.
When it comes to being grateful we can do the same thing.
We have been given so much in our life. Our very breath was given to us by God (Job 1:21, 33:4, Acts 17:25. We owe God everything. He has given us so much from life to salvation through the Gospel.
If and since we have been given so much we owe God our thanks. We do so with our words, but also with our actions.
So I leave you with a question.
How does your life demonstrate a life of Thanks for what Jesus had done for us through the Gospel?
We are to live a changed life!
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