or our abundant natural resources. It’s a harvest of our believing in a righteousness that comes by grace. . .
that undeserved blessing through faith in Jesus."
Since 1621 Americans have been giving thanks to God in official and unofficial celebrations. The first thanksgiving celebration was to God the Father for the harvest of crops providing sustaining life to the early settlers on the American continent. The seed they had sown in the spring produced a harvest in the fall. They were very thankful to the Father because without a harvest they could not survive; without a harvest they did not have a ‘plan B’, without a harvest their righteous act of establishing Christ in the center of their new found home would not survive the winter.
Among American Christians, Thanksgiving continues to be a celebration of thankfulness to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit for the incredible harvest of righteousness. Food is the object of our fellowship, but Christ is the object of our thanks. While our secular culture sees food, friends, family and football, we see the harvest of righteousness that comes from Jesus Christ.
This harvest is not because of our perfect obedience to His Word, our great faith, or our abundant natural resources. It’s a harvest of our believing in a righteousness that comes by grace. . . that undeserved blessing through faith in Jesus. He is the seed of righteousness on the inside of us (Gal. 3:16). He produces righteousness on the outside as we live by the Holy Spirit producing a fruitful harvest of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal. 5:22-25).
As believers we are disciplined in our believing, that is, we continue to believe. We persevere in our faith. We choose through a disciplined heart submitted to the Father to celebrate the harvest of righteousness. Heb. 12:11 says that discipline "produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it."
Celebrate and be thankful today for the harvest of righteousness as you willingly choose to give thanks to our God for all He has done in us, through us, and will continue to do because He Is God!! May your Thanksgiving by greatly celebrated whether in America, Asia, South America or Africa. Choose to be thankful.