Give thanks to the Lord,
for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.
Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out!
Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies.
As I was reflecting this week on "what I'm thankful for," plenty of things came to mind. I have a beautiful daughter and one on the way, a loving husband, an amazing family, good health, food, clothing and shelter...
But one thing kept standing out in the crowd of blessings that fill my heart. One thing that makes all the rest possible and pleasurable. Without this one thing, all other joys in life would be temporal and meaningless.
The one thing I am most thankful for this Thanksgiving -- and always -- is Salvation.
It's a big, churchy word that's probably thrown around too casually.
But it's the reason my life is not temporal, meaningless or ordinary.
(OK, sometimes I feel ordinary, but that's because I'm not walking in my purpose...)
When I'm walking in my purpose, living for the glory of God above all else, life is exciting and meaningful. Everything I do (for Christ) in this life holds eternal value in the next. How fulfilling is that!
Do you know what Salvation truly means?
I fear that many who attend church each Sunday and hold hands around their Thanksgiving tables "offering Thanks" don't truly know the purpose of the One to whom they pray.
His purpose is to seek and save those who are lost. Luke 19:10
If you were born on Planet Earth, then you were born sinful. Rom. 3:10 That means you've sinned against a Holy God who cannot, by his nature, tolerate sin. To be redeemed, the penalty for your sins must be paid so that God can remain who he is -- just.
So Jesus, God personified, came to Earth to do just that. HE TOOK THE FULL PUNISHMENT FOR YOUR SINS so that you can walk completely free. All you have to do is turn from your sins and submit to his Lordship in your life.
That's what I'm most thankful for -- the fact that, as prideful, disobedient and sinful as I am, God chose to redeem ME. Sinful Ole Me.
There's an old song that says, "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!" And as that verse in Psalms also says, I wanted to take this chance to do just that.
I am redeemed by the blood of Christ.
All my sins -- from the time I was born to the time that I'll die -- have been completely erased.
I stand before a perfect, Holy God as if I'm perfect and Holy myself.
And, therefore, I'll spend eternity with him.
THAT is something worth giving thanks for.