Giving is a natural part of the Christian Life. We have been moved from a life of scarcity and selfishness to a life of abundance and altruistic living. This new life in Christ begins with a jubilant sense of “thanks.” We have received what we did not have. We are given a place of right standing with our God. We are the “prodigal” that has returned home to a lavish celebration and homecoming. What once we did not recognize has been made known unto us through the revelation of the Holy Spirit in Christ Jesus. We are children of the Most High God and heirs to an abundance of provisions for all our needs.
Our “thanks” acknowledges the giver and not the gift. When we acknowledge the giver, we recognize that is not the things that we need, but it is the God of the Universe who has reached out in love to us. Our relationship is with our Lord and not the things that are provided. We don’t need things. We ultimately need God and it is in our relationship with God that our lives are full of blessing.
So why do we have blessings? The blessings in our lives are never just enough. The blessings are MORE than enough. Our God is a provider of More than Enough. God’s increasing blessing is poured out upon us so that we may live out the image of the one for who we were created. We are blessed so that we can bless.
Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
The abundance of God in Christ Jesus is a change in our nature to that of a new nature. Instead of living because of what we don’t have, we are transformed into giving all that we do have. Our position of “thanks” immediately moves us to a “giving.” We give because we have an abundance to give. We love because we have been loved. We have a new nature that is now “natural” for us in our Christian Life.
So Thanks-Giving is a time to be thankful and it is a time to live in our new nature of giving. We are thankful to our creator that we have been loved and adopted into the family of God. We belong to Christ. And because we are now a part of the family, we have been blessed to be a blessing. So give out of God’s abundance. God is not limited in blessing and with God as our source neither are we. Our blessing introduces others to our Lord and Savior. Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of our source and an opportunity to share that source with others. My prayer is that you and your family will have a blessed day. Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Jeremiah 33:11– Give thanks to the LORD of hosts, for the LORD is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
Winning them to Jesus,
Gil & Linda
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