Mid Week Meditation pt. 32Submitted on: November 21, 2017
Based on Bible text: Matthew 5:23-24
“Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Like you, I can already smell the turkey and stuffing, candied yams and green bean casserole, sweet potato pie and banana pudding. I think I gain a couple pounds just thinking about that meal. But the truth of the matter is Thanksgiving is not about eating; it is about thanking God for another year of blessings. It is about giving God praise for His gifts of life, health, finances, family, and so much more.
We bring our thanks as a gift to God’s altar. Our thanks is a form of praise, unmatched by our singing, or lifting our hands to heaven, because our thanks is a plain-spoken and indisputable acknowledgment of God’s goodness toward us. The Bible is full of affirmation about the importance of thanking God for His blessings.
There are some 85 verses of scripture that specifically command us: “O give thanks unto the Lord”. We find even more, when we count the teachings of Christ on that very same subject. We must understand then that the act of giving thanks is synonymous with our claim of being a member of the Christian family. After all, our thanks is the very least we can offer God for His gift of salvation through the shed blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Beloved, our Scripture verse can threaten our Thanksgiving holiday and turn it into anything but a holy day. We must understand that God does not accept all expressions of thanksgiving. That is shocking, I know! We expect God will appreciate our effort, and be willing to accept our gift of thanks in worship. And yet, there could be a whole lot of thanksgiving left behind like crumbs on a plate after our family dinner, because God does not accept all praise.
Beloved, it is right here in the Word. It says that you cannot thank God and hate your brother. It says that if you have enemies, God will not accept your praise. He is not talking about people who don’t like you. He knows you have no control over that. He is talking about people you don’t like! Jesus says, “How can you give thanks to God when you have all these unresolved conflicts with your brothers and sisters?”
It is right there in our scripture verses today. Thanksgiving is just around the corner. This is a good time to clean our plate, wipe out all those old resentments, make amends with everyone, and prepare our personal sanctuary for the offering of thanks we will give to God. If we do, God will accept our gift.
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