America celebrates Thanksgiving this month. But this should not just be an American celebration done once a year, it should be a global celebration done every day. Christ followers and non-Christ followers should live a life of thanksgiving for the gift of life, salvation health, finance, relationship, career, business opportunities, talents, time and so on.
I recall a time in my life when I was not a thankful person. Back then, I was in the league of complainers. I had the spirit of entitlement and nothing was ever good enough. Looking back, I know now that this vile spirit is an abomination to the Lord. I am now a recipient of the promise in 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here”!
My friends, why is it important for us to live a life of thanksgiving?
- Because it pleases God – He expects us to thank Him and show gratitude for everything that happens in our lives – good or bad because He often uses the difficult situations in our lives to strengthen our faith and encourage people around us (Romans 8:28) and we are to continually show appreciation for all things and be anxious for nothing (Philippians 4:6).
- It helps us receive immediate response from God through prayer – the story of King Solomon comes to mind – he was so generous in his thanksgiving to God, and God responded to Solomon by giving him even the things he did not ask for – Imagine receiving a blank check to write the amount you want on it – how cool that is! (2 Chronicles 1:7-12).
- We acknowledge that God owns everything – our life, money, possessions, talents and time. We are only managers of God’s resources (Psalm 24:1).
Christ follower, daily enrich your life with thanksgivings and give God the glory and honor that is rightly His. If you are currently not a Christ follower, the first step is to accept Him as your Lord and Savior and He will bless you with a thankful heart.
All glory to God!
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Agnes is a leader with proven business acumen in a variety of industries. She holds an executive MBA from the University of Hull, United Kingdom, and is also a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP). She is the author of The Provisions of God: Insights from a Cat Named Mascot, and Weekly Insights for the Workplace: A Devotional for Christian Professionals
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