Three Ways to Witness this Thanksgiving posted by jwatson on Nov 23, 2011
Thanksgiving is one of the most natural times to share the love of Christ with our family members. It is not just a secular holiday of food, football and family. It is a spiritual holiday of thanksgiving to God. Remember that the pilgrims came to this land so they could worship the one true God and His son Jesus Christ freely. After landing at Plymouth Rock and enduring much hardship during winter, they gathered with the Indians in the fall and thanked God for his provision.
Just remember to be sensitive to the leading of the Spirit and ask for wisdom that you might join God in what He is doing rather than forcing anything to happen. Make it a warm, welcoming and grace-filled environment. You may be planting or watering and God may even bring a Thanksgiving harvest.
- Read the Thanksgiving story and share your thankfulness about a God who loves us so much He gave His only son for us.
- Around the dinner table, have everyone share something they are thankful for. You can share your gratitude for forgiveness or salvation or for living in a nation that has freedom of religion.
- Read a Bible verse about the importance of a thankful spirit. 2 Corinthians 4:15 is a verse that you could transition into a Gospel presentation. “All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”
After reading the verse, you could say: “The grace of God and the free gift of Heaven is truly something that I am thankful for.” This could lead into your testimony, a Bible verse about the free gift of Heaven (such as Romans 6:23), or more of the Gospel. (“…and it’s nothing that I can work for or deserve.”).
As the Founder of Evangelism Explosion, Dr. D. James Kennedy, is known for saying, “The attitude of gratitude is the motivation of the Christian life. If you’re a Christian, you will be a grateful person.” So this Thanksgiving make it a point to let your family and friends know how grateful you are that they are in your life no matter how they feel about your relationship with God. And let His love flow through you to fill your home with love and gratitude this Thanksgiving.