A Thanksgiving Day reflection…
This Thanksgiving morning I woke up thinking about this: Thankfulness is getting my mind off myself and instead thinking about what others mean to me. Then I read a passage of Scripture during “Coffee with the Lord” that gave that idea some additional direction and focus… 1 Peter 4:7-11
“The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
As Christ followers who believe the Bible, we believe the signs of “the end” are everywhere! If we are not careful, however, we can allow the troubling “signs of the times” to create in us a self-focused, self-preserving, ungrateful approach to life. That is precisely the opposite of the way Christ wants us to live! I believe the passage I just posted would encourage us to live gratefully – live thankfully – live others focused lives! Did you notice how the “one anothers” in the passage are repeated and dominate it?
So here are my personal “Thanksgiving points” from this passage as we approach the time of “the end of all things”…
1. Pray for one another fervently!
2. Love one another sincerely and selflessly!
3. Show hospitality to one another (without complaining about it)
4. Use your gifts and abilities for the benefit of others
5. Do everything so that God is glorified!
Thankful, grateful, living! On this Thanksgiving Day, in gratitude to God and others, that’s how I want to live!