Thursday, November 25

A Thanksgiving thought

Scripture: Job 25-27, Psalm 126, Romans 1

Romans 1:7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:11–12 I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong—12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.

Observation

So much good stuff in today’s reading!  But since it’s Thanksgiving Day, I settled on these verses.

I love that Paul addresses his letter to the Roman Christians as those “who are loved by God and called to be his holy people (saints).”  This is who we are: loved by God and called to be His holy people.  

Then Paul expressed his desire to see them “so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong,” and “that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.”  Paul anticipated that his visit would strengthen and encourage them—and him!  

Application

First, today I’m grateful that God loves me and calls me His own.  As we share around the table what we’re thankful for, this will be at the top of my list!  I’m so grateful that Jesus loves me, pursued me, called me and made me His own.  I owe Him everything!

Second, today I want to strengthen and encourage each member of my family that comes to celebrate with us.  I want each one to go home feeling loved, strengthened and encouraged.  So I am asking the Lord’s help to do that.

Prayer: Lord, let my words and actions today strengthen and encourage each member of my family, and all the friends that I’ll interact with as well.  I’m grateful that You love and call me—You saved my life and I owe you everything.  And I’m grateful for my family and friends—I’m blessed!  Thank You!