Choosing to Be Thankful
We live in world where people are concerned with their rights above their responsibilities. We can observe where people are focused on what they have been denied or what they believe they deserve. As a result, we do not see a lot thankfulness or people being grateful for what they have received. This can lead to an attitude of grumbling or complaining.
We as Christians are called to do all things without grumbling or complaining. We are called to give thanks in all things. The reason we can do all things without grumbling or complaining and give thanks in all things, is because we serve a God who is working all things together for our ultimate good (transformation into the image of Jesus Christ). We serve a God who will never leave us nor forsake us. We serve a God who will not only give us situations to endure, but blessing to enjoy!
Let me suggest to you four spiritual blessings we can choose to be thankful about in this Thanksgiving season.
# 1: We have access to fullness of joy and pleasures forever.
Psalm 16:11 reveals that through relationship with God we have access to His joy and pleasure. The more we obey God for the right reasons; He will allow us to know Him intimately which leads to joy and pleasure in our fellowship with God. God is limitless with the joy and pleasure we can enjoy through our genuine relationship with Him. Let us rejoice and be thankful for this benefit we have in Christ Jesus our Lord.
# 2: We have access to the wisdom of God for life issues.
James 1:5 tells us that if we lack wisdom from God in how to handle the trials we encounter, we can ask God in faith and He will provide wisdom. In other words, if we believe that God is and that He is the rewarder of those who seek Him, we can expect God to give us the insight we need to handle the situations we encounter. Because we have a relationship with God, we can always receive what we need in order to operate in a manner worthy of God. God wants us to have this insight and is willing to give it to us. This privilege comes because we have a covenant relationship with God. Let us rejoice and be thankful for this benefit we have in Christ Jesus our Lord.
# 3: God supplies us with things in this life to enjoy.
In 1 Timothy 6:17-19, Paul explains that if we have more than what we need, we are to be willing to share because we know that God gives us all things to richly enjoy and share. We tend to move past the enjoyment part to the sharing part. God wants us to enjoy as well as to share. He provides us with things to enjoy, not to depend on above Him, but to be willing to share with others as we trust in God. Let us rejoice and be thankful for this benefit we have in Christ Jesus our Lord.
# 4: As Christians we have an inheritance in heaven waiting for us.
In 1 Peter 1:1-4, Peter reveals that we have an inheritance in heaven that is being reserved for us who belong to Jesus Christ. This inheritance will not fade and is imperishable. In other words, neither time nor choices of others or ourselves can cause us to loose this inheritance. It is our gift forever! This gives us something to look forward to as we anticipate the end of our journey in this world and prepare for our destination in the next world. Let us rejoice and be thankful for this benefit we have in Christ Jesus our Lord.
May we learn to endure the trials of life, while we enjoy the blessing of life, as we seek to live for Jesus Christ in this life and the life to come. May we learn to give thanks in all things knowing God is causing all things to work together for our ultimate good.
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How can you apply these four thanksgiving truths to your life this thanksgiving season?