Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thanksgiving Reflections - What Are You Most Thankful For?

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 Thanksgiving - the name itself evokes images of warmth - extended family gathered around the fireplace enjoying each other's company, a juicy golden turkey ready to be carved, spicy apple pies, fluffy mashed potatoes, steaming hot gravy, and so much more.

We really have a lot to be thankful for. Not just on Thanksgiving, but throughout entire year. Sunny summer days, green grass, blue skies, dazzling sunsets, morning sunrises, fragrant roses, ocean shores, singing birds, soft purring kittens, playing children, thoughtful friends, nourishing food, warm homes - the list could go on forever. But do you know what I'm most thankful for? It's better than all that I've mentioned above. I'm most grateful that God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, who while we were yet sinners, died for us. So that we could be pardoned and given eternal, that we could know God's love, even though we don't deserve it.
Maybe you are thinking, "But I'm a good person, I deserve it." My heart cries for you because, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death." (Proverbs 14:12) And "The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9)  It is so easy to only see the good in ourselves, or not see the bad as truly bad. But the truth is: "ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) We are all desperately in need of God's mercy. (If you don't feel that way, you can take a little test here to see if you need God's mercy.)

Because God is a righteous judge, He does not leave the guilty unpunished. The Bible says, "Behold the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgement on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him." Scary isn't it? What is there that we we can do?

This is the good news: God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus. Jesus took all the punishment and guilt for our sins upon Himself, when He died on the cross. He paid the debt that we owed. "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God." (1 Peter 3:18a) Just think about that for a second. Doesn't it move you to tears?

Maybe now you are starting to understand why this is what I'm most thankful for. I really hope you do. But do you know how you can receive eternal life and be reconciled to the God who created the universe and yet loves us so much that He gave His only Son for us? The Bible says to repent (turn from sin) and believe in Jesus. "He who believes in the Son [of God] has everlasting life." (John 3:36a) 

"Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God." (2 Corinthians 5:20) I implore you, dear reader, be reconciled to God, He has made a way - JESUS - who died on the cross and rose on the third day.

This is what I'm most grateful for. Are you?

With love,
Christi



2 comments:

  1. AMEN!! You have seemingly covered it all. At least the most important things anyway. Nothing but the blood of JESUS can take away our sins. HE gave us GRACE even when we didn't deserve it. GOD is so good.

    BLESSINGS!!!

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