In observance of Thanksgiving, we will not be having ETC this friday. Whether you’re spending this time with family or friends, continue to reflect on the goodness of God and give thanks for His Son, Jesus Christ. For if it weren’t for Him, we would not be eating turkey for Thanksgiving instead sin would be eating us in our deaths. O’ how marvelous He is!
A tid bit from Pastor John Piper:
Proud people can’t be grateful. So here are three very humbling truths for the sake of your thankfulness.
1. Nature teaches us that an infinitely marvelous, eternally powerful being created us and all we have. Therefore we are his creatures. He owns us. Our life, our breath, and everything we have is a gift. Our duty is simply to be thankful to him from our heart and to cherish his glory.
2. All of us have fallen short of this duty. We have not consistently prized the diamond of God’s glory with an affection anywhere near its value. Instead, we’ve exchanged it again and again for the cracked marbles that in our great “wisdom” we have determined are more valuable.
3. God, in his great mercy, sent his Son to suffer the judgment of people who are broken and contrite in spirit and who trust in him.
Proud people don’t say thanks, but people who believe these three truths do. We are utterly dependent; we are depraved sinners; and we are redeemed and forgiven through contrite faith.
If this penetrates our hearts today, we will be emptied of pride and filled with thankfulness to God.