A Thanksgiving Message . . . We Have Work to Do

This morning in my quiet time the Lord brought to my mind how truly blessed I am. Fitting, I know, since today is Thanksgiving.

But not only do I experience all the necessities of life, but I have family, friends, safety, monetary abundance, good health, and most importantly, salvation. How many people in this world can boast of all that?

This life is not easy for so many who face oppression, sickness, and injustice, but for those of us who only see glimpses of those struggles, the Lord has called us to work. We are not to sit back on our laurels and rest in our peaceful states, but we are to stand up for righteousness and lead lost souls to Christ.

Be ready to Work

To those of us who God has blessed with peaceful lives, He has great expectations for us {I use “peaceful” relatively speaking. If you consider the lives of many people in this world, our lives are peaceful ones.} We have work to do. This time of peace will not last forever. There will be wars and bloodshed, natural disasters and oppression. He has promised it.

But right now, many of us experience His blessed goodness. We have abundantly more than most, and thus we have a greater responsibility to minister to those in need — the weak, the poor, the spiritually lost. Until Christ returns, we must work diligently, using the gifts, talents, and resources He has endowed us with. We must not be content with where we are nor grow complacent because “the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few” (Matthew 9:37). There is work for us to do.

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

Luke 12:48b

I love the old hymn “To the Work” by Fanny J. Crosby:

To the work, to the work! we are servants of God;

Let us follow the path that our Master has trod;

With the balm of His counsel our strength to renew;

Let us do with our might what our hands find to do;

Chorus: Toiling on, toiling on, Toiling on, toiling on,

Let us hope, let us watch,

And labour till the Master comes.

So, today, as you sit and eat with family members and friends that do not experience the bountiful blessings you do because of your relationship with the Giver of all Good Gifts, pray. Ask God to use you in their lives: to speak a kind word, to offer a helping hand, to point them to the Light of the World.

As you pore over Black Friday sales ads and contemplate gifts for loved ones, consider how you can give the Greatest Gift this Christmas. The One that will never be lost or broken or fall into disuse.

And be ready to work. 

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work. Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. So I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”

John 4:34-38

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! 



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