I’m grateful that America has a day set aside for Thanksgiving, but I believe it should last every moment of every day — at least for the believer. Really, I guess unbelievers can never be truly thankful because in and of ourselves, we cannot muster up any thankfulness.
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. -Romans 1:21
They know of God, but do not experientially know His redeeming grace. They may shallowly be grateful for some material things, but do not attribute their Source. They are thankful only for the gifts, but not the Giver.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. -James 1:17
Once you have experienced God’s love and redeeming grace through the sacrifice of His Son, there is absolutely no way you cannot be thankful. That is the greatest gift He has ever given us.
Rooted and built up in him and established in the faith…abounding in thanksgiving. -Colossians 2:7
How could God spare His own perfect Son to be my propitiation and die on the cross innocently for my wretched, filthy, wicked soul, consuming the wrath of God that should have been dumped on me for all eternity? BUT GOD (being rich in mercy!) used His Son to reconcile us to Himself, not by anything we have done, but based only on everything He has done and His righteousness!
Because the sinless Savior died, my sinful soul is counted free. For God, the Just, is satisfied to look on Him and pardon me. -Before the Throne of God Above
Do you have an ungrateful heart? Bathe your heart thoroughly in the Gospel. Read Ephesians 1-2 and just see if the Holy Spirit won’t make you ooze with thanksgiving!
Write it out! Talk about what He’s done for you. When you do really come to appreciate it, you’ll love to tell the story and want to heart it over and over again.
Thank you, Lord, for saving me to the praise of Your glorious grace!
Every day should be a Happy Thanksgiving Day in the life of one whose heart has been transformed by the Gospel!
–Sarah Wainright (originally posted in 2009)
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