By Gloria Wessner
This weekend is the yearly Thanksgiving holiday. Besides the traditional yummy turkey dinner and pumpkin pie, for some people it’s basically another long weekend. For others, they pause and reflect about life and are thankful in a general kind of way for what they have. For those who know Jesus in a personal way; besides being thankful for their blessings and what they have, there is a strong sense of true gratitude because they also know what they’ve been saved from.
When Jesus died on the cross almost 2000 years ago and then rose again from the dead; he provided a way or path for us to come and know God personally. He did that not only to provide a way to get to know him and be with him forever in heaven; but also to save me from many things and places that would do me harm.
He has saved me from a life of greed and selfishness. Left to myself, I would rather live more for myself and look after me than pay much attention to others and put them first because they are in need. Living the way Jesus wants me to live puts that all in perspective and he helps me live more for others than myself, the way He does.
He helps keep me from making wrong choices. From the point in time when I give my life to God, he helps me make better choices both in everyday life and in the bigger decisions of living. I may not always make the right choices (sometimes I choose wrongly by my own choice not to follow his leading, other times I miss what he’s showing me because I’m not paying attention); but if I’m listening and with his guidance, he often keeps me from making potentially devastating and damaging decisions.
“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” (Romans 8:24-26 The Message)
The biggest thing God saves me from is from an eternity in hell if I choose to give my life to him which gives me a personal relationship with the Creator. God’s word tells us:
“…Those who refuse to know God and refuse to obey the Message will pay for what they’ve done. Eternal exile (hell) from the presence of the Master (Jesus) and his splendid power is their sentence. But on that very same day when he comes, he will be exalted by his followers and celebrated by all who believe—and all because you believed what we told you.” (1 Thessalonians 1:5, 6 The Message; brackets mine).
This life is a drop in the bucket of time. In light of that, the answer to the question ‘What choice will you make with God’s Son Jesus?’ has forever, significant consequences and/or joys, depending on which path you choose.
What about you this Thanksgiving? Will you be able to thank God for the things and blessings you have as well as the things he’s saved you from because he chose to die for you and you’ve chosen to accept him into your life in response? Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss these thoughts further or feel free to ask any other questions you may have about God.