It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is today. This year has passed by so quick, and I’m fairly certain that I say that every year. Week passes after week, and month after month, and then the turkey is on the table. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, as it is hard to be a good meal with family. But more than before, this day reminds me of why I should be thankful. Thanksgiving is a very Christian holiday, because the Bible talks a lot about being thankful.
One of the traditions that we typically do at the table is to answer the question, “What are you most thankful for?” Some of the most common responses are jobs, health, family, and friends. But what does it mean to be thankful for these things? Is it just a good feeling? If it is a good feeling, those come and go.
Someone must be receiving that thanks. So if I am thankful for my health, who am I thanking? If I am thankful for my job, who am I thanking? If I am thankful for my family, who am I thanking? Thanksgiving in the end has an external focus.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57)
A truly thankful heart overflows from a sinner who has been reconciled to God through Jesus Christ. We can be thankful in everything, because everything that we have (or don’t have) is a blessing that comes from God.
Having been born again into the family of God, we have everything we need in Christ. The Bible says that we are co-heirs with Him. We will one day inherit everything that God possesses. And what does Christ have? Everything.
Which ultimately means that to be apart from Christ, you have nothing. Surely the grace of God falls on everyone in some way. But everything that someone outside the family of God has today will one day be gone, and they will be forever separated from the One who created them.
This is why I am thankful. Because God saved me from the end that I deserved. Instead of counting my sin against me, He counted the righteousness of Jesus Christ on my behalf. Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, I was saved and received the assurance of eternal life. And because of His finished work, I will get to spend eternity in His presence. There will be a day when I will gather with the multitude, the angels, the elders, and the four living creatures around His throne to say:
Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen! (Revelation 7:12)