Monday, November 25, 2013

make HIM known

It is Thanksgiving week.  And the question is who are we going to thank this week.  Sunday morning I shared a message with our church about giving thanks and being thankful, and the illustration came from a story in David’s life.  But I will share more of it later this week.

In the story as well as in this season of the year we understand that when we get excited about things, we will share it with others.  There will be something that we celebrate.  It’s a party.  It’s a fun time.  It’s something that doesn’t happen all the time, yet it’s awesome.

I enjoy Thanksgiving.  But I miss my family.  There is so much to give thanks for.  We are blessed.  Blessed big time.  People have long been impressed, challenged, and encouraged to come to know Jesus. 

Thanksgiving is a great time for people to hear about and meet Jesus.

Many people did believe in him, however, including some of the Jewish leaders.  But they wouldn’t admit it for fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue.  For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.

The problem is some people are afraid of what others will think if they follow Jesus.  Are we more afraid of our reputation or of going to hell?  Would we rather make people like us or be pleasing to God?

Being thankful is a way of praising God.  Praising God is a way of pointing people to Jesus.  It our job, as is the series I am sharing with our church this month, to literally make Jesus known to the world around us.

Making Jesus known begins in our homes, extends to our schools or our work places, presses out to our communities and then on to the world.  Thanksgiving this week is an American holiday, but there are people all around the world who will celebrate.  Maybe, just maybe our celebration of an American holiday might lead some people to meet Jesus. 

The question is who will we be praising this week?  Will it be people or will it be God?  May our lives and our thankfulness make Jesus known more and more.

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