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Thanksgiving's Uninvited Guest

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:17

Who is the guest that is rarely invited to Thanksgiving with your family? In who’s name do you celebrate Thanksgiving Day? Quite often, families skip giving thanks to the “Uninvited Guest” – Jesus who provided the food and who is the giver of life itself.

Some family members dive face-first into the delicious spread piled up on their plates before they even sit down. Other families may even have a member of the family pray over the holiday meal before everyone eats, but immediately after, God is excused from the event.

One of my favorite things to do is to enjoy a good meal. I would eat until I felt sick like I did in my younger years if I didn’t control myself. Yet, I know that the most important thing to do is what Colossians 3:!7 says:

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Christian, I want to challenge you to do something bold for Thanksgiving Day and, most importantly, for God. Prayerfully seek an opportunity to give a testimony about Jesus and some things that He’s done for you this year.

Claim a spot for Jesus, the “Uninvited Guest,” in your family time discussion, or even with small groups of your family members. Some may quietly walk away, be rude, or even give a dirty look, but about Jesus, the Bible tells us His own people did not receive Him. So don’t worry about that, God’s light needs to shine wherever you go.

For Christians, our primary mission as citizens of heaven and foreigners to this world is to win souls. How important are the souls of our family? The Bible says,

So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.

Ephesians 5:15-17

You may be wondering how your Thanksgiving testimony will win the souls of your family, but think about it, what if your family never hears about the reason why we should be thankful towards God and not just the cook.

Read what the woman at the well did after having an experience with Jesus.

Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

John 4:28-30

Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers. 42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

John 4:39-42

Your testimony could lead your family members to find out more about Jesus for themselves. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Salvation Plan

Today, if you have not received Salvation or you would like to rededicate your life back to Christ, say this prayer:

God, I know that I am a sinner. Right now, Lord, I turn from my sins, and I ask you to forgive me. Jesus, I believe that you died on the cross and rose from the grave, for me. I open my heart and life for You to come in, and I receive You as my Lord and Savior. Thank You, God for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read the Book of John in the Bible. Find out who Christ is, and how He loves you, yes you!

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