With this being the Thanksgiving holiday, I honestly have to say that I am most thankful for my Savior Jesus Christ. I apologize for the cliché, and the triteness of how that sounds, but when I look around at this fallen world, I am so incredibly thankful that it is temporary and it is not the ultimate end. I honestly don’t know how non-Christians can crawl out of bed every day with all that goes on around us. My hats off to them for being able to go through this life, but my heart breaks for them for all that they are missing. Obviously, being a Christian doesn’t guarantee an easy life (typically quite the opposite) (John 16:33), however it offers so much hope for what waits for us and gives us such a peace with our surroundings that it makes it a little bit easier to accept this world, as is, for now; knowing that it is only temporary, and the pain, no matter how great, is nothing compared to the greatness of what’s coming. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
I attended a funeral the other day; and many of the family in mourning are not Saved. The heaviness I felt in that room was smothering. I felt such a burden on my heart for their pain and emptiness. It’s moments like these that overwhelm me with gratitude that I won’t ever have that engulfing emptiness that they were feeling. I know that no matter what loss I face, I will still never be alone. (Deuteronomy 31:6, Isaiah 41:13, Hebrews 13:5) That’s what I’m most thankful for. Jesus took all of my sin; my suffering, my pain, and in complete and total emptiness and loneliness, He made me free and saved me from the wickedness of this world.
I ask that, before you enjoy your holiday meal, you give thanks to God for His Salvation, His Grace and His Mercy. And I ask that you take an extra moment to pray for those that don’t understand or know of all that He has to offer. And then open your eyes, ears, heart and mind to see where you can help introduce them.
We are beyond blessed with all of the treasures that we have. But most importantly, we are beyond blessed for our greatest treasure of all: Jesus Christ.
1 Chronicles 16:34, Psalm 7:17, Psalm 28:7, Psalm 95:10, Psalm 100:4, Psalm 106:1-2, Colossians 3:17, 1 Thessalonians 5:18
I pray you have a wonderful, filling, blessed Thanksgiving.