Why Giving Thanks Isn't Always Enough | Ashley Varner
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Why Giving Thanks Isn’t Always Enough

This Thanksgiving, I have a lot to be giving thanks for.  A loving husband, two sweet (sometimes mischievous) boys, a beautiful home, family close by, food in the fridge, a purpose for my life, most importantly, a God who (despite my failures and sin) has shown me just how incredible His love is for me.

What does Grace have to do with giving thanks?

I was reading in Titus chapter two this week and something stuck out in my mind that I hadn’t thought of in regards to this chapter and how it relates to giving thanks.  In verses 11-12, Paul says, “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.  It teaches us to say “no” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”

The grace of God.  What exactly is this grace Paul talks about? The grace of God is what offers salvation.  It’s the cross.  Christ’s death on the cross is what teaches us to say no to things that aren’t right.  It’s the realization and thankfulness we have for the cross that creates action.

So when I say that thankfulness creates action, here’s the progression:

  1. Christ died for my sins.
  2. That act of grace offered me salvation.
  3. I realized my sin and accepted Him.
  4. That grace teaches (and compels) me to live a godly life.

My Motivation

Motivation to live a godly life shouldn’t come from being scared that God is going to strike me down if I’m bad.  Instead, our motivation should come from a heart of thanks, and ACTING on that thankfulness.

It’s easy to say, “I’m thankful for…” but it means more when that feeling is backed by an action.  True thankfulness creates a desire to allow Him reign over my life, it creates motivation to for me to surrender to Him and choose His ways over my ways.

Don’t get me wrong, bowing your head and giving thanks is a great thing to do, and this Thanksgiving at my home, that’s what we’ll be doing, but true and genuine thankfulness is so much more than a simple prayer on Thanksgiving Day.  True thankfulness reaches to our core and compels us to LIVE OUT a life of thankfulness to the One who gives us so much grace.,

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