Give thanks with a grateful heart…

Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?”

He said to them, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’

“But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’

“Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’

“But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’

“There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last.” — Luke 13:22-30

I’m sure there will be a lot of blog posts today about Thanksgiving and giving thanks for family and friends.  As I read this passage from Luke this morning, I started thinking about giving thanks for God and His character. He is faithful, but also just.  He will welcome those who are faithful to Him, but will punish those who are not.  It’s up to us.  Notice how Jesus was asked a yes or no question — will only a few people be saved? — but responded by urging those around him to do whatever they could to be saved.  Jesus turns the question around and puts the focus on the people.  He gives us that choice.

We need to be giving thanks for Christ, for the example He gave, and for the sacrifice He made.  It’s only through Him that we can be saved.  “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” — John 14:6

Give thanks with a grateful heart,
Give thanks to the Holy One,
Give thanks because He’s given
Jesus Christ His Son.

And now let the weak say “I am strong.”
Let the poor say “I am rich.”
Because of what the Lord has done for us
Give thanks.

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