A By-Product of Giving Thanks

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November is one of my favorite times of the year. Not only is it the month where we see the seasons make a dramatic shift towards the colder months of winter, but November is the month of my birthday, my wedding anniversary, and also my son’s birthday! It seems perfectly fitting that November is the month when we celebrate Thanksgiving. 

Thanksgiving, while it is a great holiday and one that the church should celebrate, isn’t meant to be something that is only celebrated once a year. Yes, I do believe that there is great benefit to a national day of Thanksgiving, but for a believer in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior there is so much to be thankful for on a very regular basis. When we realize and experience all that God gives to us through His grace and generosity, thanksgiving needs to be evident in our lives constantly. 

Scripture is not silent about this issue. In Paul’s letter to the Colossian church, he references in chapter 2, verses 6-7, what characterizes a believer; “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” It seems like God is making thanksgiving a defining part of a believer in Jesus Christ. It is who we are to be. Our hearts and minds must understand that everything we’ve been given is a gift from God: He thought enough of you to feed you, clothe, you, give you life and passion and friends and family. We need to be thankful. 

While we are to be thankful to Jesus, there is a by-product of giving thanks, and that is a spirit of contentment. To define contentment, one could say that it is being perfectly satisfied. It is being “good” with all we have. If we are truly thankful to Jesus for all He’s blessed us with, we see a satisfaction and peace inside of us because the burden to pursue these things subsides. 

Friends, we must ask ourselves two questions today. First, are you thankful to Jesus for all you have and how He’s blessed you with His grace and goodness? If so, we then must ask if we are content in what we have, realizing that we have exactly what He longs for us to have? My prayer is that we will learn this lesson of contentment and satisfaction in all Jesus blesses us with and experience a life of joy and thanksgiving because of the presence of Jesus in our lives. 

Have a very blessed and joyous Thanksgiving season!