As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nation-wide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God”.
How thankful are you this holiday season? You talk about giving thanks in your homes, at your dinner tables, and in your churches, but are you thankful the Lord chose you and blessed you with salvation?
The sacrifice of Jesus—the offering of His body on the cross should be first and foremost on your mind during this Thanksgiving season. Without His offering you could not be reconciled to God for eternity. The above verse comes from King David’s song of praise. Genuine praise involves ascribing glory to God. Remember this in your worship and give thanks to the Lord for the indescribable gift of His son.
A truly thankful heart demonstrates thankfulness through action. The priests of the temple carried out God’s work not merely as religious exercises, but as necessary tasks. God gifted you for His ministry and He can use you in many ways. If you cannot teach or preach, you can clean, serve, plan, administer, sing, play an instrument, take food to the sick, visit shut-ins to name a few. Pray to the Lord for guidance. He will lead you to a place of ministry.
During this season of the year, are you thankful for Jesus and the sacrifice He made for your salvation?