Probably every Christian in the USA is aware of the national holiday tomorrow. Many of us anticipate enjoying a Thanksgiving celebration with family and friends. Some will attend special services with church family, or find some special way to reflect and remember the gifts of God. For many, it’s a very busy season; but I hope each one will spend the time to bring a quiet heart before God, offering gratitude from the depth of our souls. After all, if we’re too busy to commune with God, isn’t it possible we’re a little too busy to be a Christian?
But taking the time for prayer is just one part of a bigger picture of a life of gratitude. If you struggle to take that time, please don’t take my comments as condemnation. I know what it’s like to struggle with doing what I ought. Part of the solution is self-discipline, of course; but I believe the core of the solution is having the heart desires, or “affections”, transformed to love for my Savior and Lord. Then, and only then, do we worship with freedom and passion.
That’s what true gratitude toward God is, after all: worship. The gifts He has given merit nothing less. I believe He is most pleased when we offer our worship back to Him as a free gift, because we want to give it…just as He offered His gifts to us, because He wanted to…because of His love.
The new article that was released this month from Harold S. Martin was entitled “The First Church Council at Jerusalem“, an exposition of Acts 15. We here at Bible Helps are busy processing the last of that mailing. We are grateful for all who have helped support this work. Thank you!