This Wednesday night we are having a Thanksgiving Eve Service. I will be sharing a short message from…Revelation. Really?
Our Thanksgiving Eve Service is a great time to worship and thank Jesus for all He has done in our lives. We will get to hear from each other and share stories about God’s faithfulness. It is a great service – I love our Thanksgiving Eve times together! And yes, the message will be from the book of Revelation.
Check this out, from chapter 15: And they were singing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb: “Great and marvelous are your works, O Lord God, the Almighty. Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations. Who will not fear you, Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous deeds have been revealed.” Revelation is book written to 7 churches who were living in a time when Christians were being severely persecuted, and some of them had compromised. Revelation is a book of hope for those who are suffering; it is a book of warning for those who are waning. Revelation is also a book of worship.
In the middle of the storms of life we are called to think forward to eternity, and to join in the eternal thanksgiving. This is not escaping the reality of this life, but knowing the reality of the Kingdom and allowing that hope to change us now. God created us to be constantly aware of His presence, to be constantly knowing and thanking Him for all He has done and all He is. We have fallen so far from a life of thanksgiving, and have turned our attention away from our Creator. Revelation is a reminder that eternity is new creation – humans aligned aright again – walking with the Lord, aware of His love and deeds, and eternally thanking Him.
We are invited to start living new creation now. Jesus is risen; the Spirit is inside of us; new creation is breaking into the old! As we see Him and thank Him we are changed; we start to live the life eternity even now. Join in the eternal thanksgiving!
So, yep, I will be sharing a short message from Revelation on giving thanks. And no, you can’t skip the service because I just gave you part of my message. Of course not! The best part is worshiping Jesus together and hearing from each other. So pray for our service on Wednesday night. Hopefully you can come and invite a friend or two. No matter what, join in the eternal thanksgiving.