As we focus on Thanksgiving Day, most if not all of us can come up with a pretty good list of things we are thankful for. And the Bible tells us that in everything we should give thanks. In this post, I want to underscore the grace of God, and how thankful we should be for the role it plays in our life.
We know we are saved by grace. But also, for every one of us in Christ, God has a purpose for our life. And whatever role we are to play in the body of Christ, God gives us the grace to fulfill His purpose.
As we read the New Testament, we can’t help but be impressed by how the Lord used Paul the apostle in the gospel ministry. In his first letter to the church at Corinth, he said he was not fit to be an apostle because he persecuted the church of God (1 Corinthians 15:9). But then he says, “But by the grace of God I am what I am….” (verse 10).
If Paul’s apostleship depended upon his qualifications, he would have been rejected. He persecuted the people of God. He hated people who loved Jesus Christ. He was up to no good when Christ apprehended him on the road to Damascus. But the grace of God disregards our qualifications or the lack there of. Grace is a gift from God.
What Paul says about himself is true of us also. We are what we are in Christ; we are who we are by the grace of God. I know I am a preacher of the gospel by the grace of God.
Most of us have many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day (and every day) such as employment, health and strength, dependable transportation, financial stability, a peaceful home, etc. And we often give God thanks for those things as we should. But one of the best and most priceless gifts God has blessed us with is His grace. How often do we thank God for His grace?
Not only has God bestowed grace upon us for serving Him but also for daily living. His grace can do things for you that money can’t. For instance, you can perfectly prepare yourself for an interview with the right attire and the perfect resume, etc. But only God can give you favor before the person who interviews you. God won’t take away every difficulty you are faced with. But for those He doesn’t remove, He will give you the grace to go through them. Sometimes, I hear about what some people are going through, and I know the only reason they are still standing and have not lost their mind is because the grace of God is sustaining them.
We should expect the grace of God to be with us. We don’t have to have everything in life figured out. But because of the grace of God working on our behalf, we know all things work together for our good.
On this Thanksgiving Day and throughout the year, be sure to thank God for His grace. You are what you are in Christ, not because you deserve it but because of God’s amazing grace.
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