This week is Thanksgiving, so it’s fitting to be reminded of things that will help our hearts swell with thankfulness. Our joy is not connected with what we have and what we experience, but it is connected with how thankful we are. When you are thankful you are focusing on what you have, and not what you are lacking. Christians have reason to be thankful. In fact I would argue that Christians have the greatest reason to be happy: We know that God loves us and that we have been forgiven of the bad things we have done.

I want to remind you of a couple of things about God to help you be thankful this year:

  1. Jesus is alive

Historical figures all have something in common, they live, they do some amazing things, they die, and they stay dead. Jesus is the exception to that rule. He lived, he did some amazing things, he died, and 3 days later he resurrected. Theologically, the resurrection is huge. Jesus coming back from the dead validates that he truly did die for our sins. The resurrection is so important that Paul says the following: “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” 1 Corinthians 15:17. The resurrection happened and Jesus, to this day, is alive and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 

  1. Jesus is on the Throne

Nothing happens without the express permission of God. Scripture tells us that Jesus works all things for good. Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” This means there is deep meaning and great purpose in the suffering that we experience. When you go through hard times and you find yourself lacking, you can still have joy because you know that God is working this for your good and the good of others.

  1. Jesus isn’t finished with us.

All of our testimonies are unique, but they all have the same trajectory. We started off a mess. We were fallen, sinful, broken human beings that were found by Jesus. Once we met Jesus, the Holy Spirit started working on us. We’re still broken, but He is healing us. We are still sinful, but He is cleansing us. I am not where I want to be in my walk with Jesus, but I am way better than what I used to be. Philippians 1:6 states: “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

Practical Theology:

This Thanksgiving share over dinner that you are thankful for what Jesus has done for you, and for what he continues to do for you.