So believe me, I understand what thanksgiving is about. Turkey. Stuffing. Sweet potatoes. Sweet tea. Biscuits. Pilgrims and Indians. I get it. And I will be joining most of you in eating entirely too many empty calories over the next several days (….or weeks). And I understand that the holiday is rooted in the pilgrims celebrating a day of thanks to God for providing a good harvest sometime in the 1620’s. And I just read that it was George Washington who “proclaimed the first nation-wide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God”. Interesting.
Functionally, Thanksgiving usually makes us sit around and think of things that we are thankful for – our families, our homes, our health…all good things. And we should be truly thankful for them. I am convinced that if we spent some time throughout the day just stopping, realizing our many blessings and then thanking God for them, we would all walk much more closely with God because his active presence in our lives would be all the more clear.
What I want to point out here is that more than anything else, believers should be thankful for the gospel. See, (and some theologians might correct me here) I think everyone has a relationship with God. What changes from person to person is the nature of that relationship.
If we are in Christ, then we have much be thankful for.
He has raised you from death to life.
He called you out of darkness and into his marvelous light.
He has adopted us into his family and calls us his daughters and his sons.
He is conforming us to the image of his son.
He has justified us.
He has made peace with us.
I could go on and on.
God has been incredibly merciful and gracious. He gave up his one and only son for our sake. And I really can’t think of what else I should be more thankful for than that.
 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
(Romans 8:32 ESV)
Really. Stop and think for one second about all of the blessings you have in your life. Are you healthy? Is your spouse healthy? Do you have a job? a car? Do your arms and legs work? Are you able to see. Did you wake up this morning? You should be able to come up with 100 things in just a few minutes. You have all of those things because God is good to you.
And on top of all that God loved you enough to send his own son to earth to die for your sins.
I think thats worth being thankful for.
Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving.