Spiritual Disciplines

Choosing Jesus: Thanksgiving Edition 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Today, is Thanksgiving. We know there is one big component that should characterize our day – our week. Giving Thanks. In other words, joy. gratitude. celebration. coming together in unity with our loved ones. These would sum up the past three weeks of spiritual disciplines –

Celebration

Gratitude

Holy Communion

How can we go about our week in such a way, where our hearts can experience honest thanksgiving and building the community God placed us in?

One word for us, today: intentionality. Let’s be intentional, as God places us in community, allows us to experience things in which we can be thankful for, and we taste the sweet provision of our great God.

Why?

God has given us much! We may not have what our hearts’ desire, but God has gifted us with so much. Much of what we have, we are undeserving of. Instead of letting our heats be dominated by greed, we need to allow thanksgiving to cultivate in our hearts.

As I write this, I am reminded of one particular verse.

This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Ps. 118:24, NASB)

Rejoice.

Gladness.

These both require us to do something. They are verbs, but gladness (and rejoicing) doesn’t just happen! We must be intentional. As we go about our lives, and the holidays, let’s be people who choose gratitude versus the disease of greed.

Benefits

Choose thanksgiving. Choose community over being alone. Invite others into your life, so God can use you in their midst. Choose to celebrate God’s work in your life. Even if He isn’t doing things the way you want, choose Him and thanksgiving over His work in your midst. Choose to be thankful about all the things He is doing, that you just can’t seem to wrap your head around. Choose to celebrate that He works differently and better than you ever could. Remember the truth of Proverbs 3:5-6.

Activity

Choose to take time this week, to stop and look at your life. Look at your life with God in Jesus Christ. Can you honestly say, “my life is hidden in God”? Or, have you allowed other things to crowd Him out?

During the holidays, these things have a way of “showing up”. Especially as we think about “Black Friday” sales and deals. We begin the process of thinking we need stuff we really don’t need.

Keep Christ first.

Not just this season.

But every single day.

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory. (Col. 3:2-4, NRSV)

So kill your earthly impulses: loose sex, impure actions, unbridled sensuality, wicked thoughts, and greed (which is essentially idolatry).  It’s because of these that God’s wrath is coming [upon the sons and daughters of disobedience], so avoid them at all costs. (Col. 3:5-6, VOICE)

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