“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ”
Eph. 1:3; NASB
Thanksgiving is upon us. It is a time that should remind us of the importance of gratefulness. As believers, we should never have a moment of ungratefulness in our lives. Not even one moment. I am not saying we should always be on top of the world. That is not a realistic endeavor. There will be difficulties throughout life. What we should strive for, however, is to never forget what Christ did for us on the cross. If nothing else goes your way in life, having Christ as your Lord and Savior is all you need to guarantee eternal life with Him. Let’s look at why we can always be grateful, regardless of what might be going on in your life today.
The Bible tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). Sin separates us from God. Since “all have sinned” then all are separated from God. If there was nothing to correct that condition, it would separate us from God for eternity. Imagine living your entire life knowing that whatever you attain in this world is all that life was about. This can create a feeling of never having enough or never being satisfied. God created Adam, then Eve, and put them in the Garden. He gave them everything necessary to live forever in paradise, but they blew it. Even living in paradise was not enough to keep them from trying to get more for themselves.
Setting out to get whatever it is you think you deserve in life is a fool’s ambition. The Bible tells us, “…the wages of sin is death…” (Rom. 6:23a). Having sinned and fallen short of the glory of God means we all deserve eternal condemnation. God could have left it at that. But it turns out He loved us too much to allow us to suffer that fate. In fact, instead of allowing the death we deserve, He offers us a gift. We are told, “the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23b). Not only that, but God takes it to another level by saying, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph. 2:8-9). Think about that. If we got what we deserved, we would die. God, in all His love and wonder, saves us as a free gift.
It cost Him the sacrifice of His Son on the cross. Jesus Christ, although having no sin within Himself, willingly went to the cross to die for our sins. Because of that, anyone who believes in His name will have eternal life. So, as I mentioned earlier, we should never have a moment of ungratefulness in our lives. We have an eternal reason to be thankful. God has “blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” It doesn’t matter what happens in this world, we are one day going to move on to a glorious, eternal life with our heavenly Father and His Son. When you think about it that way, every day is Thanksgiving Day.
God bless and have a great week