Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving Week

As I was doing the newsletter for church this month, I ran across this scripture that was fitting for Thanksgiving. This scripture has been one my mind ever since. Today I have read the whole chapter of II Corinthians 9 to try to get the full meaning of what is being said. I must say that I am not there yet, so I will keep reading, but I wanted to focus on this verse of 8 little words.

Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.
II Corinthians 9:15

A gift is something giving out of the love of the heart. It is not something given to you that you have to pay for in return. I like to buy items for Clayton, my grandson. I would have loved to buy Johanna gifts, but that was not what God choose for her life. I enjoy buying my husband gifts, or my children and spouses gifts. Although as adults it is harder to buy gifts for one another. But God gave the ultimate gift to me/us(if you have accepted Christ as your savior) in Christ.

But, what is really on my mind is how thankful am I really for the gift
God gave me. If I understand II Corinthians 9, we are being told about giving out of the heart, and if you give much, God will bless you much. Those who give little, will be blest little. Our giving to others whether it is monetary, or time is actually a result of our love of God. So our actions really are a portrayal of how thankful we are to God for His unspeakable gift.

How many times do I take for granted Gods unspeakable gift of Christ and His salvation to me? God, forgive me for taking you for granted, and not being more thankful for ALL of your blessings.

Especially your "Unspeakable GIFT - Jesus"

In, With and Through Christ