Thanksgiving is when we meditate on God’s goodness and thank Him for His provisions. But it can also be a time to reflect on our lives as Christians and to measure who we are against God’s expectations. We show God gratefulness not only through our words of thanksgiving, but also by the way we live our Christian lives.
Think about these four areas of your life and consider if your words and actions have been pleasing to the Lord.
1. Your Language.
• Regardless of your mood, does your language always identify you as a Christian?
• Is your speech sprinkled with obscenities?
• When you say the words “God,” and “Jesus” do you say them prayerfully and with respect, or do you use them as exclamations?
“Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.” Ephesians 5:4 ESV
2. Your Image
• Do your actions and lifestyle set a good example for nonbelievers?
• Are you humble?
• Are you positive and faithful, or negative and fearful?
“Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” 1 John 2:6 ESV
3. Your Relationships
• Do you maintain and reflect good Christian values in all your relationships?
• Does your relationship with God come before all others?
• Do you forgive those who are unkind to you or hurt you?
“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” Romans 12:9-10 ESV
4. Your Schedule
• Have you set aside time to read your Bible every day?
• Does your schedule include daily alone time spent with God in prayer?
• Do you include God in your work schedule and your family time?
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17 ESV
Most likely, you found some areas of your life that could use a little sprucing up. You are not alone. Romans 3:22-24 says that all of us are sinners and fall short of God’s glory. Still, God loves us and gave us the gift of Jesus so that our sins would be forgiven and our souls will live forever with Him.
This Thanksgiving and every day, give thanks to God. Thank Him not only through worship and praise but also by glorifying Him in all that you say and do.
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