WE ARE ABOUNDING IN THANKSGIVING
Read Colossians 2:6-7
As Thanksgiving Day comes each year, many of us give the nod to Pilgrims and Indians and talk of making ready for a harsh first winter in the New World and also Family Thanksgiving Dinner. But
for the Christian, the deepest roots of our thanksgiving go way back before the Pilgrims, to a story two-millennia-old. It’s
a story that gives meaning to our lives. You could call it the true story of thanksgiving — or you could call it the Christian gospel viewed through the lens of “gratitude.” Here’s the true story of
thanksgiving in four stages.
1. Created for Thanksgiving. First, God created humanity for gratitude. We exist to appreciate God. God created us to give him honor and thanksgiving. Humanity was created to appreciate God.
2. Fallen from Thanksgiving. Second, we all have failed miserably in appreciating God as we should. Our fall was and has always been that we are not satisfied in God and what He gives. Only with divine redemption are we able to grow toward obedience to God in thanksgiving for our salvation by faith in Jesus Christ.
3. Redeemed by Thanksgiving. God himself, in the person of his Son, Jesus, entered into our sinful world, lived without sin, and died on our behalf for our sins and ingratitude. It is Jesus who has manifested the perfect life of thankfulness to God the Father
4. Freed for Thanksgiving Finally. We are redeemed from sin and ingratitude by faith in Jesus and we are freed to give thanksgiving and praise for God’s favor toward us — not only as his creatures,
but also as his redeemed. Only in Jesus are we able to become the kind of thankful people that God created us to be. For us Christians, standing firmly in the good news of Jesus Christ, is the best
possibility for a true Happy Thanksgiving.
Remember Colossians 2: 6–7: “So then, as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in THANKSGIVING.”
Love, Pastor Lia