Thanksgiving for the Gospel
“I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 1:4
‘Tis the season for thankfulness. As Thanksgiving approaches, I tend to be most thankful for the visible things in my life: my family, my husband, my growing baby boy, the roof over my head, and the little material things the Lord provides. While these have all blessed my life abundantly, there’s one thing I should be most thankful for and sometimes neglect: the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In our everyday lives, we should aim to have our thanksgiving rise in proportion to the value of the object for which we give thanks. Therefore, our utmost gratefulness should be focused on the One who became the propitiation for our sins, uniting us to our highest joy: God. Paul never grew tired of giving thanks for the grace of God in his life, and he credited it all to Jesus’ work on the cross.
Christians, everything we are and everything we have is because of the Gospel. It is our hope, our foundation, and our security. God showed His love for us even when we were dead in our trespasses and enemies of Him (Romans 5:8). He called us out of complete darkness and drew us in to perfect light. Jesus bore the punishment we deserve, and because of His perfect sacrifice, we are made new and receive the gift of righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Let us be forever thankful for the saving work of Christ. Let us rejoice even in the hardest of times because of the Gospel. And this Thanksgiving, let us not keep this Good News to ourselves. Let us proclaim Christ’s name until He returns again in full glory!
Father, tears well up in my eyes as I begin to think of all You have done for me. Thank You for sacrificing Your Son on my behalf—I do not deserve Your grace nor Your mercy. Humble me, Father, and help me to be thankful for the Gospel not only this Thanksgiving season but every day of my life. Amen.
Are you thankful for the Gospel? How has God worked in your life this year? Take the opportunity to tell your family and loved ones around the Thanksgiving table of the saving work of Christ.
Raegan Thornhill is wife to an amazing man of God and mom to her baby boy, Weston. She is the Co-Founder, content manager, and writer at Whole Magazine. She believes cheesecake, snow, a cup of hot coffee, and an episode of Breaking Bad can fix any dreadful day. Her mission in life is to show women of all ages how they can be whole again through the Gospel of Christ. She longs for her writings to be a testament of the mercy and grace God has shown her. You can follow more of Raegan on her blog, Delighted In Him.