For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.Ephesians 2:8-9
Well, this is it; the 45th day of thankfulness! If you’ve held on this long, you’re probably the type of person that stays in the movie theater to see if there’s an easter egg after the credits roll. You know, one of those secret movie scenes that folks are rewarded with for seeing the key grip’s name roll by. Faithfulness has its rewards after all.
Christmas and Resurrection Sunday have to be the most surprise reveals and plot twists in the history of humankind. The birth of Jesus is the midpoint in human history; the arrival of God’s Son in the flesh. A good God’s good Son in whom he was well pleased. A good gift.
Resurrection Sunday was a great surprise and reveal; the stone rolled away and an empty tomb. Jesus conquers death and walks among his disciples for a time and then ascends into Heaven in front of his friends. A great gift.
But what it all means put together is that while humankind time and time again showed our unfaithfulness to God, he was faithful for us by sending his Son and his Son was faithful on our behalf, even to the point of death on a cross. The fact that the Son’s perfect faithfulness can be ours and we can be reconciled to our Heavenly Father through no effort or performance of our own is something often described as amazing grace. This free gift of adoption as a son or daughter of our Heavenly Father is the greatest gift we could receive, and its why we should be eternally thankful.
I hope these 45 days have been challenging, stretching, and habit-forming. I want to sincerely thank you very much for the opportunity to speak into your life on this important subject and life giving practice. We all will have moments and seasons where our faithfulness fails and our thankfulness wanes, but God’s greatest gift is still waiting for you. When you reach out and accept it again, it’s just as amazing as the first time you received it. And once again you become thankful.