Kingdom Corner: Thankfulness
Thanksgiving is a holiday almost everyone looks forward to. It is a time of gathering with friends and family to celebrate, feast and to take a nap afterward. But how does Thanksgiving fit in with our faith?
What do you give thanks for? I’m sure your list includes relatives, bffs, and church friends, but there’s one you missed perhaps. Christ. Have you ever truly felt the overwhelming feeling of being blessed because Jesus loved you enough to die for your sins? It’s enough to give a person goosebumps. We are so lucky that we have a God that loves us through all our joys and our struggles, that forgives us infinitely, and is available twenty-four hours a day! We should also be extremely grateful for the Word. The Word is the same as the Father because His Holy Spirit inspires it. Read the Word and find God because everything in the Bible shows us who God is, what He’s like, what pleases or displeases Him, and how much He loves and blesses us. What every word is the Bible says is God and He never breaks His Word.
God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change his mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill? Numbers 23:19 NIV.
God deserves a prominent place during our Thanksgiving celebration, don’t you agree?
Are you one of the few that has to spend the holiday working or alone this year? Well, you are not alone. God is right there with you. He’s just waiting for you to reach out to Him. Try something new. Make a table setting for Christ and prayerfully invite Him to join you for your personal feast. Then pray while eating even if it feels weird. You don’t have to pray out loud, so your neighbors won’t think you’ve lost it. However, you can try it. Invite God to Thanksgiving and have a place specially prepared. When Jesus was on earth, He always fellowshipped during the “breaking of the bread.” Jesus wanted to tell people how much they were loved and invite them all back to God’s graces, just like He will always do for you. God will metaphorically jump at the chance to talk to you. And even if you feel like you’re talking to the ceiling, keep it up. It gets easier. If you live by yourself, this is especially important. You will build a private fellowship with the Lord, and it will strengthen your faith.
You have been blessed with a roof over your head and an internet connection from somewhere, or you wouldn’t be reading this! Just having a pillow and blanket makes you wealthier than 80 percent of the world’s population. Remember that some people would not even recognize our lavish food and drinks. They’d cry tears of relief to have meals as we do. Don’t forget those who are in need. While you give thanks to God for blessing you richly, remember those who are less fortunate. Pray for them, but you could go one step further.
Gather up some non-perishable food items and take them to a local food bank. Share food with your neighbor, and you’ll be brightening someone else’s day and possibly helping a family survive, volunteer for a soup kitchen or free Thanksgiving meal at a local church. While we celebrate, we should share our joy with others, especially those in need.
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 6:38 NIV.
Whatever we do for our neighbor we’re doing for ourselves according to the Word. God has promised if we give He will give to us in return. Sounds like a fantastic Black Friday deal, except there’s no catch or crowds!
Thanksgiving is all about love. Being thankful and grateful is both loving emotions. We make delicious food with love in our hearts. Love motivates us to forgive the trespasses of others. As the holiday season begins to make it your point to open your heart more than you did last year. You are blessed. God adores you. Jesus wants to be your new best friend forever. We have God in front of us through His Word. We have a lot to be thankful for.Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and may the Lord bless you.