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November 24, 2021


Thanksgiving and Praise

“God will give you much so that you can give away much, and when you take your gifts to those who need them, they will break out into thanksgiving and praise to God for your help.” (2 Corinthians 9:11)

Paul tells us in this verse that God blesses us so that we can bless others which will, in turn, cause others to be thankful and praise God.

Notice the verses which follow that expand on this, “For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others” (2 Corinthians 9:12-13).

Both giving and receiving cause people to be thankful and praise God. As God supplies our needs, we need to help others. No matter what is happening in your life right now, we are blessed compared to most people in the world. What are we doing with what God has given us? Notice the previous verses tell us that those we help will praise God because our deeds show that what we believe is real.

The book of James says it this way: “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead...” (James 2:14-17).

This Thanksgiving season, use what God has given you to help others. This will help both you and others to be thankful and bring praise to God.

Question: What can you do today to help others?

Challenge: Pass thanksgiving and praise to others.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for all you have given me. Help me to spread thanksgiving and praise to others.

Jack Hughes, Chapel Leader -- Phillies Spring Training



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