As we enter the holiday season, I thought it would be good to consider what the Bible tells us about “thanksgiving”. As we celebrate time away from work and with our families consider these things.
Good Deeds Produce Thanksgiving
Part of the work of Jesus in us, is to guide us towards the works that God had prepared for his people to do (Eph 2:10). The results of doing the works God prepared is to affect the lives of others. When we walk with God and do His works, there is an outpouring of thanksgiving towards God, both by those who are a part of God’s family, and those who only see our works.
Matt. 5:16 – “…so that they may see your good works and give glory to the Father who is in heaven.”
2 Cor. 9:11 – “You will be generous in every way, which through us will produce Thanksgiving to God.”
Prayers of Thanksgiving
When we pray and express our thoughts and concerns to God, thanksgiving should always be a significant part of our prayer. We need to remember and be thankful for the manifold blessings of our Father. A life filled with prayer is a thankful life. If we fail to pray, we are living without regard for the love poured out onto us.
Phil 4:6 – “…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
Col 4:2 – “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”
1 Th. 5:16-18 – “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Remember…… the tomb was empty!
Every day is Thanksgiving for Christians!
Baker Heights Elder