The world is thankful for all of the blessings given to the wicked. They are thankful for another year to sin and to reap havoc upon God’s chosen people. They are thankful for their fine houses, sporty cars, huge bank accounts, and the health and longevity to enjoy them. If only the wicked knew that their time is limited and what awaits them come the day they die, they might not be so thankful.
The apostle James warned the rich when he wrote, “Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you” (Jam 5:1-5).
Christians, on the other hand, are thankful but what they are thankful for is completely different than the sinner. Let us take a view at a few things all Christians are thankful for every day of the year.
Thankful For The Word of God
Christians are thankful for the Word of God. Thankful for all who sacrificed their lives that it was printed and translated for our benefit. Thankful for all who wrote it, and preached it, as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:4 cf; Acts 4:19,15 f; 1 Pet 4:11) Christians love the Word of God for it gives them strength to endure the hardships and persecutions they must endure (Ps 103:20 f; 2 Tim 2:3). God’s Word imparts to Christians the knowledge of his will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding as they read and study it (Col 1:9,10 ff; 2 Tim 2:15; 1 Tim 4:13). The Word gives Christians armor to fight against the trickery of the devil, and this present evil world (Eph 6:11-18). It gives them solace and peace which passes all understanding (Philip 4:7,9 f; Acts 10:36). Most of all, Christians are thankful for the Word of God, the gospel of our salvation because without it we would all be lost in our sins (Eph 1:13 ff; Mk 16:16; Jn 8:24).
Thankful For Jesus Christ
Christians are thankful for God’s gift of Jesus Christ, for by Jesus Christ we have the hope of eternal life (Jn 3:16 ff; Tit 1:2; Tit 3:7). It was Christ who gave meaning to the Word of God. As Jesus gathered his 12 disciples around him to partake of the very first Lord’s Supper, all Christians are called together each Lord’s day to keep in remembrance of our Lord’s great sacrifice for us (Acts 20:7 f; 1 Cor 11:24-26). Though God gave Christ to mankind, it was Christ’s obedience to God’s will, even unto death, that ultimately gave us salvation Philip 2:8 Christ had to bear our sins all by himself by dying on the cruel cross of Calvary. (Heb 1:3). Every Christian is saved by God’s grace, God’s unspeakable gift, through his unspeakable gospel, giving us unspeakable joy (Eph 2:8f f; 2 Cor 12:4; 1 Pet 1:8).
Thankful For The Church
Now if God had only given to man his Word and Christ, mankind would still have been lost. Just as God gave the world his Word to Noah, without the ark all would have perished. Jesus as well built our ark of salvation, the church of Christ. Jesus built it, died for it, and paid for it with his own blood (Matt 16:18 ff; Eph 5:25; Acts 20:28). All Christians are added to it, attend it, and are members of it, for the church is the bride of Christ (Acts 2:47 ff; Heb 10:15; 1 Cor 12:27; 2 Cor 11:2). As Noah was saved by water, even so, we are saved by baptism into one body, the church (1 Pet 3:21 f; 1 Cor 12:13).
As Paul said, “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in one body (the church); and be thankful.” Col 3:15
Conclusion: Christians have many things to be thankful for in this life, but even more in the life to come (1 Tim 4:8). All Christians suffer greatly for the cause of Christ, but we are thankful even more knowing that we have a crown of life awaiting us if we remain faithful (Jam 1:12 ff; 1 Pet 4:16; Rev 2:10). Rejoice my brethren and shout for joy for “our salvation is nearer than when we first believed” (Philip 4:4 ff; Psa 32:11; Rom 13:11). All Christians are looking for, and hasting unto the coming of the day of the Lord (2 Pet 3:12). And the promise of living eternally in heaven with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the anchor of the soul of every Christian (Heb 6:18,19).
As the psalmist David wrote, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name” (Psa 100:4).