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Discover the Book - Nov. 26, 2009

  • 2009 Nov 26
  • COMMENTS
 

Ceaseless Thanksgiving

 

Most of us are thankful for the good things. Think of all many of us have to be thankful for today-- like a safe and comfortable home, a secure and providing job, an insured savings account and an assured retirement plan, a healthy and mobile body, an active and full life, and so on.

 

But are we really thankful? The test is our text today —1st Thessalonians 5:18. Listen to these words:

 

1 Thessalonians 5:18 "in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

 

Now let's go over that list of our usual sources for thanksgiving in life in America this month. Most of us are thankful for the good things (as we measure them)—but what if things are "not so good" according to our way of looking at life? Take for instance:

 

  • A safe and comfortable home—what if we had to live in the bad part of town, in an apartment or house that was dirty, unsafe, and cold? Would you still be thankful? That is where most Christians in the world today do live!
  • A secure and providing job—what if you were unemployed, underemployed, or disabled and never able to work again? Would you still be thankful? That is where many Christians in the world are today! Remember 2/3rds of the world lives on less than a dollar per day.
  • An insured savings account and an assured retirement plan—what if you were penniless, uninsured, and with no social, financial, or medical safety net? Would we still be thankful? That is where most Christians in the world are today!
  • A healthy, strong, and mobile body—what if you were weak, sick, infirm, and without a prognosis of return to full health? Would we still be thankful? That is where many Christians in the world are today!
  • An active and full life—what if you were far from leisure and recreation, distant to action and excitement, shut in, immobile, without a car, a family, a circle of close friends, and money to get any of the above? Would we still be thankful? That is where a lot of Christians in the world are today!
  • A wonderful family and friends—what if you were the only believer in your family, or even in your city somewhere in the Middle East? Would we still be thankful? That is where a lot of Christians in the world are today!

 

So are we really thankful? Or are we only thankful for what we consider to be the good times? The way to measure genuine gratitude is to see if this verse fits us. "In everything" do we give thanks?

 

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