November is upon us. While I’m not a fan of the colder weather and the shorter times of daylight, there are so many things that I love about the month. I get to celebrate my wedding anniversary, my birthday, the birthday of my son and grandmother, and we get to celebrate those who were called to service in the U.S. Armed Forces on Veterans Day!
This is a great list of opportunities for rejoicing and celebration. In my article for the CDAC Newsletter last month, I mentioned what the purpose of life is—it is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. There seems to be a common theme between the chief end of man and all of these great things that November brings—there seems to be a response to all of the greatness that God has bestowed on you and on me. My friends, the response that we see in Scripture is the response of thanksgiving.
We have a lot to be thankful for. If I were able to write down everything that I’m thankful for, the newsletter would quickly turn into a set of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Instead, I want to give you 3 brief reasons why it is so important for us to be a people of thanksgiving.
1. Giving thanks acknowledges that we have been given everything. Whether it is our salvation found in Jesus or the food we eat every day or the healing that we received from a devastating diagnosis to the love of a wonderful family, by giving thanks we understand that all has been given by such a gracious God.
2. Giving thanks leads us into worship. The first words of Psalm 136 are “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good…” But then the Psalmist doesn’t simply leave it there, but he leads us into worship of God by uttering, “for his steadfast love endures forever.” Giving thanks to God can only lead us into worship because when we look at the great love, power, and provision of God, we can’t help but give thanks and worship.
3. Giving thanks is the mark of the redeemed. Giving thanks is not a natural thing for a human being to give. Thanksgiving is the mark of the children of God. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 states, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
If we are all about God, we will be a people who constantly give thanks. May you all have an incredibly blessed Thanksgiving season this year!
Pastor Adam K. Sellen, Lead Pastor