Body of Christ, let’s remember that physically we are in the world but spiritually we are in the Kingdom of God. Thanksgiving is a gigantic part of the Kingdom lifestyle.
Gratitude is a feeling but thanksgiving is an action. Thanksgiving is expressing to God the gratitude that is in our hearts. We express it to God through prayer, song, and bringing sacrificial gifts to Him. When we fail to express thanksgiving to God, we take God’s favor, grace, mercy, and blessings for granted.
Let’s remember to continually express the gratitude that is in our hearts to God for…
- the body and blood of Jesus when we celebrate Communion
- daily blessings (soteria, Greek word for salvation includes forgiveness of sin, healing, deliverance, guidance, provision, protection, and preservation)
- the possibility of having the abundant life
- grace, mercy, favor, and help
- the Word of God
- the local church
- our spiritual gifts and the opportunity to serve Him and man
- the privilege of prayer 24/7
- the fact we will live eternally with God the Father and Jesus
- the empowerment and leading of the Holy Spirit
- the love and support of family and friends
- all things and in all things
The season that the world calls “the Christmas holidays” begins the day after Thanksgiving. Let’s remember God commands us to overflow with thanksgiving to Him and that Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, let’s give thanksgiving to God for salvation, the greatest gift the world could ever receive made available through God’s Son Jesus!