Happy Thanksgiving to you all! My house is filled with so many people, and I couldn’t be happier. Last night, my family went around the dinner table and asked “What are you thankful for,” and I am in such a festive and thankful mood right now! All last night, I was wondering what to post today due to it being Thanksgiving, because God was convicting me of several things, but then He laid this on my heart, and I knew He wanted me to write it.
So here we are, my family is debating about who is going to make it to the Super Bowl, I have been put on a “No speaking on politics” rule today, and we are also reminiscing on what we are thankful for or on memories of the past!
I am thankful for a lot of things, but we live in a society that isn’t thankful. Our society believes in “me,” “me,” and “me.” Society isn’t thankful for what it has, but instead the world we live in will protest, parade the streets, and cause a ruckus if they do not get what they want.
Does that sound like thankfulness? Not at all. What happened to being thankful? Throughout our lives, we will all deal with things that turn out bad or not the way we expected, but we should be thankful for what God has already blessed us with. Most importantly, society is wanting to silence Jesus, when He is the reason why we can be thankful.
People have shut Jesus out of our schools.
People have shut Jesus out of some workplaces.
Then recently, people are trying to make Jesus “hate speech,” which is absurd.
I am thankful for Christ and what He did for us, and it shocks me that society is wanting to silence Him and kick Him out. How could someone not feel thankful for Christ? He did what no other person could do, He did what no person would want to do, and He loved us like no other person could.
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17
Jesus came to save the world and not to condemn us! He came so that we could have a way to the Father, to be reconciled with the Father, and to have life, joy, and salvation! Imagine where you would be if Jesus didn’t sacrifice for us! That is why we must be thankful everyday, and today, you should be even more thankful.
Thankfulness started at the cross! It started when Jesus said “It is finished,” because that meant the veil was torn, that meant that our sins were pardoned, and the moment he defeated the grave, that meant we had amazing grace.
I don’t know about you, but I wake up everyday thanking Jesus for all He did for me. He was betrayed, beaten, laughed at, spit on, hung on a cross, mocked, and went through the worst death known in human history, but He did so for you and I! I cry whenever I see movies of Jesus being beaten and crucified. I bawl like a child because I didn’t deserve that and I did not deserve to have the Son of God die for me, because I am a sinner.
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” Romans 5:8
Though we are sinners, Christ still died for us and He still loved us, and our society is so blind, that they do not realize that Jesus died so that they may have freedom. We live in an entitled generation that believes that every single thing should be handed to them, and this attitude blinds them from being thankful for Christ.
Where did thankfulness go? How much longer is our world going to go until it realizes that Jesus is the answer? We have sexual assaults and harassments blowing up in the media, we have people committing murders, we deranged people hurting others, and we have a society that still demands everything.
This is another reason why I am thankful that I have the freewill to follow Christ rather than to follow the world. I do not want to be apart of the entitled generation, I do not want to be a person who lacks a moral compass, and I do not want to be a person who thinks Jesus isn’t important.
Instead, I want to always be thankful for Christ and never grow tired of saying “Thank you.” The reason society is not thankful is because it is blind, and until their eyes are opened, they will not realize their actions, but that is why we must always be thankful for Jesus and make it known.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
The more we spread about the love of Christ, the more we are joyful and thankful, and the more we beam with delight, others will ask why we are so cheerful, and when we tell them about Jesus and what He did for us, they’ll want Him too.
Don’t just be thankful inwardly, but expresses gratitude openly as well, because our society needs a lesson on thankfulness. Not only that, but they need Jesus, so we must tell them about Him so that they might be saved as well! Happy Thanksgiving, and remember that thankfulness ultimately started at the cross, and without the love of Jesus, we all wouldn’t be thankful for we would all be lost in our sin, so be thankful for His love and His grace!
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, and may your day be joyful and festive!