Scriptures: Hebrews 12:1-6
Thanksgiving is a time of remembrance. History shows us that the pilgrims were not thanking God for perfect lives without problems, instead they were thanking God that they could practice their religion freely. To reach this goal it required great personal sacrifice.
As we come close to the Thanksgiving holiday, let's take some time to remember:
Remember: God does His best work in the lives of ordinary people! In Hebrews we read about a "great cloud of witnesses." We look at men like Abraham and Noah: ordinary men with ordinary lives who God used in extraordinary ways in extraordinary situations. God uses ordinary people who will make a daily choice to follow Him. Our goal as Christians must be to stay on course.
Remember: to keep your focus on Jesus! The truth is that once you put Jesus at the center of your life: everything else falls into place. Many Christians lose the focus because they put a lot of focus on careers, problems and even secret sins. We must keep our focus on the cross of Christ and the things of this world will not seem so important.
Remember: Things worth having will require sacrifice. Ask yourself: what price I am willing to pay to have a deeper relationship with Jesus? Jesus endured the cross so you could gain an inheritance in Heaven. Jesus will empower you to press on beyond your own abilities: He wants to give you strength beyond your deepest needs.
Are you ready to look unto Jesus: the author and finisher of your faith?