We all have a tremendous bounty of blessings. The blessing of living in this country as opposed to living in many other parts of the world. There's probably no nation on earth to which more of the world's population longs to come than right here where we live every day. Food and water in abundance. A transportation system that allows us to travel virtually anywhere we want to go in a matter of hours. Freedom to think and say just about anything we like. And money, for all of our struggles to make it, spend it and save it, we make more money in a month than many people in other parts of the world make in an entire year.
The holiday season is a time which generally stimulates people to focus more on their spiritual lives than during most other times of the year. Again, I may disagree with some of the specific motivations that so stimulate some people, but I'm thankful that something can so stimulate them. Perhaps, while people's attention seems to be more spiritually focused, the hears of some will be more receptive and we can touch them with the gospel. If that would be the case, we can be thankful for that. Why don't we try to reach out to someone over the next few weeks and see what happens?
What we have most to be thankful for is the fact that God sent His Son to die for the guilt of our sins. Through that sacrifice we have the opportunity to be forgiven and saved. We should never take this blessing lightly. In fact, it should shape and direct our lives. If we have everything else- all the money, all the gifts that all the money can buy, all the bounties of living in this land, a loving family, and on and on- but we don't have salvation, then we have nothing! Nothing compares with our soul's salvation. Nothing is worth giving up that salvation for (Matt. 16:26). It is so precious that it cost the life of the Son of God (Rom. 5:8). We can be thankful that God, and His Son, love us enough to have paid that price for us. Does your life show that you are truly thankful that price was paid? Do you know people who need to learn about this blessing and change their lives? Will you do something to help them learn?