Summary: Knowing we belong to Christ, makes the difference in our thanksgiving holiday.
Canadian Thanksgiving 2001
“Always be joyful. Keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1Thess.5:16-18 (NLT)
Comedian Billy Crystal plays the part of a bored baby boomer in a movie, who sells radio advertising time. One the day he visits his son’s school to tell about his work along with other fathers, he suddenly lets loose a deadpan monologue to the bewildered youngsters in the class:
Value this time in your life, kids, because this is the time in your life when you still have your choices. It goes by fast.
When you’re a teenager, you think you can do anything and you do. Your twenties are a blur.
Thirties you raise your family, you make a little money, and you think to yourself, "What happened to my twenties?"
Forties, you grow a little pot belly, you grow another chin. The music starts to get too loud, one of your old girlfriends from high school becomes a grandmother.
Fifties, you have a minor surgery-you’ll call it a procedure, but it’s a surgery.
Sixties, you’ll have a major surgery, the music is still loud, but it doesn’t matter because you can’t hear it anyway.
Seventies, you and the wife retire to Fort Lauderdale. You start eating dinner at 2:00 in the afternoon, you have lunch around 10:00, breakfast the night before, spend most of your time wandering around malls looking for the ultimate soft yogurt and muttering, "How come the kids don’t call? How come the kids don’t call?"
The eighties, you’ll have a major stroke, and you end up babbling with some Jamaican nurse who your wife can’t stand, but who you call mama.
If that’s what life is all about, it sure looks we will have a whole lot to be thankful for, right?
Andrew Carnegie, the multimillionaire, left $1 million for one of his relatives. The lucky guy, eh? But guess what he did return. He cursed Carnegie thoroughly because he had left $365 million to public charities and had cut him off with just one measly million. Now not one of here would complain, would u, if you inherited a million dollars?
I trust that today as you come together to celebrate, remember this well, that you have been given more than one million dollars as God’s child, as one who has found Jesus Christ and trusted in Him and belonging to Him. In Christ, we are millionaires, nay more than that, we are co-heirs with Him. Yes, for those of us who has received Christ in our hearts, this is what the Bible promises
16The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
Grasp the implications of that! The terrorist Mohd. Atta in his Islamic dream, dream of a heaven with virgins at his side as he pilot the plane he was on into the WTC, God promises better than that… Imagine that, all the riches of heaven that belongs to Jesus, God is saying is ours too. No don’t imagine, you can’t even begin to imagine! The Bible in 1 Cor.2:9 (NLT)says: