Because we live in such an affluent country, it’s easy to take our blessings for granted.
So this year, on Thanksgiving, I’m emphasizing to my family that not only do we have physical and material blessings, we have some spiritual blessings that will blow our minds, if we’d just focus on them for a few minutes. thankful
In Ephesians 1, we’re told that we are “blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing” if we are in a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. So, even if times are tough or disappointments have come your way this year, here are three things you can remind your family to be grateful for:
1. We have a home. Not only do you and I have shelter and a place to lay our heads at night, but we have an eternal home waiting for us someday. Jesus called it a mansion…apparently a place big enough to blow away any type of dwelling we could afford or acquire here on earth (John 14:20, NKJ). When my teenager used to balk about how small of a place our 3-bedroom condo is, I loved reminding her of the place she’ll someday inherit that is literally out of this world because she has been “adopted” by a Father who is immensely rich! (Ephesians 1:5). thankful
2. We have an inheritance. I don’t believe my husband and I have any money coming our way when our parents pass from this earth. But I am convinced, nevertheless, that we are rich! Believers in Christ are told in Ephesians 1 that we have a spiritual inheritance that is ours today – not just one day when we get to heaven. In addition, Psalm 16:6 says “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance” (NIV). I trust those “boundary lines” God has reserved for me and the inheritance that awaits me in heaven some day. That is a living hope and something that moth or rust can’t destroy, nor can thieves break in and steal (Matthew 6:20). When my family talks of having less than others, I will remind them of how very much we have in Christ. thankful
3. We have forgiveness. Ephesians 1:7 tells us we have been redeemed by the blood of Christ and we have forgiveness “in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (NKJV). That literally means that we are as forgiven as God is rich! Think about that. The One who owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10) has unlimited resources that include unlimited forgiveness. Not only are we forgiven but we each can have a clean slate – daily. Scripture assures us that as far as the east is from the west, so far has God removed our sins from us (Psalm 103:12). I love that God is capable of doing what no man or woman on this earth can do. He completely forgets, as well as removes, our sins from us (Isaiah 43:25). Wow! If that isn’t music to your ears I don’t know what is.
What are a few things your family will focus on being grateful for this Thanksgiving?
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.