November 20, 2018
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 20 November 2018
Scripture exhorts every believer to make melody in his or her heart, “always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father” (Eph 5:19-20). “Always giving thanks” is a distinctly biblical standard for living. The reason is that the word “thanksgiving” is literally the idea of the good grace (Gk. eucharistia) of God.
Having experienced the free and sovereign regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, the believer expresses faith in Christ and repentance to God, and lives as one enraptured with a life of gratitude and humility by “always giving thanks” to God. A life of thanksgiving is truly exalting to God, or literally “giving thanks . . . to God, even the Father.” The Christian life is that of thinking and thanking. “To think” in the old Anglo-Saxon language was seen also in thanks; literally, thinkfulness is thankfulness.
A life of thanksgiving is always a witness to the salvific work of Christ. Thanks to God is given “in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Believers alone are able to approach God boldly because of the redemptive work of Christ on their behalf. The Lord Jesus Christ is the crowning thought of thanksgiving. Genuine thanksgiving is confession and living with Jesus Christ as Lord of one’s life.
Living a life “always giving thanks” demands that saints of God are to “be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil” (Eph 5:15-16). The believer’s life is living with thanksgiving; one is not a good steward of time when agonizing with regard to difficulties and hardships. Scripture exhorts believers to give thanks “for all things” (a solemn thought considering the man inspired to write those words was frequently imprisoned on behalf of his Lord Jesus Christ).
Whatever experiences life may bring, the grace of God compels believers to express hearts and minds filled with thanksgiving. As the old hymn teaches: “Count your blessings, name them one by one; Count your blessings, see what God hath done; Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.”
As we begin the holiday season with a day of feasting, football, napping and enjoying family, the Capitol Commission family thanks God for your faithful prayers and financial support. Your partnership is making a difference. In times like we are experiencing in our nation and around the world, you are helping us share with our political leaders the one and only hope that is guaranteed to bring peace: the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We who have been saved by grace, forgiven of our sins and promised an eternity with our Savior Jesus Christ, must acknowledge with thanksgiving, the One who has blessed us far beyond what we deserve.
So this Thanksgiving let us offer to Him the sacrifice of our praise (Hebrews 13:15 - Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name). Moreover, as we do, remember our praise of God creates joy and thankfulness in our heart.
In preparation for Thanksgiving Day, may our hearts resonate with thanksgiving to our God and Father who is the giver of all good gifts, the greatest being his Son Jesus Christ.
To God be the Glory!
Your Missionary to our Political Leaders,
Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
Capitol Commission Georgia
Capitol Commission is prepared to encourage and enable local churches to participate in reaching our capitol communities for Christ (1 Tim 2:1-4). We only need to hear from you, if you have not already contacted us. We also seek to enlist individuals, businesses, and churches to become strategic partners with us in this ministry (2 Cor 8:3-6). Our success as a ministry is based upon God blessing all facets of the ministry, which certainly includes partners in this ministry. We earnestly desire to engage those who desire to participate in the ministry by offering their time and talents (Matt 25:20). If you have not already done so, join us and experience the joy of bringing hope, light, transformation, and truth to those who constitute our capitol communities.