“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” (Romans 12:1)
In the wake of a day dedicated to giving thanks, let us consider how we might commit to a life of living thanks. Thanksgiving is good. Thanksliving is better.
What is thanksliving and what does it look like? Thanksliving is how we respond when we fully appreciate what God has done for us in Christ. He has delivered us from darkness into His glorious light (1 Peter 2:9). He has given us eternal life and made us heirs to a heavenly kingdom (Matthew 25:34). He has saved us from a hopeless end and given us an endless hope.
Thanksliving is presenting our lives to Him in full submission to His purposes because He’s proven Himself worthy of our worship (Romans 12:1).
Thanksliving is living in the humility that recognizes that anything good in us is the work of a gracious God, that we have nothing to boast about except in Him (Galatians 6:14).
Thanksliving is forgiving others as we have been forgiven (Colossians 3:13).
Thanksliving is doing everything in the name of God, as unto God, and to the glory of God (Colossians 3:17, 3:23; 1 Corinthians 10:31).
Thanksliving is pursuing relationship over religion. A greater desire to know and love the One who had no sin, yet became sin for us, absorbing God's wrath so that we might be saved from it (2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 5:9).
Question: Is your proclamation of thanksgiving supported by a lifestyle of thanksliving?
Challenge: Preach the Gospel to yourself daily, living your Christian life out of the overflow of your gratitude for your Savior.
Prayer: God fill me with thanksgiving that it would translate to thanksliving.
Arnie Knecht, League Coordinator -- American Association