But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved by the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our Gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(II Thessalonians 2:13-14)
May the words of the Apostle Paul speak for themselves! We celebrate today the 162 world areas (countries) we, as members of the Church of the Nazarene are in today. I thank the Lord for the many lives that are being transformed throughout this globe. I praise the name of Jesus for those who have gone, for the church that has sent them, for the many who have given so that we might send them and they
might go. To God be the Glory.
The Family of God is big. Our family is huge. We have brothers and sisters in our own local churches. They are also throughout the Los Angeles District and beyond. And as we read John 3:16, we recognize the truth that God has chosen everyone because
“whosoever believeth in Him”
means EVERYONE who believes. We are all invited to become members in His family, but we must accepts Him and our Savior and seek His forgiveness. Even in John 1:12, John wrote that
“all who receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.”
I am so thankful for the saving grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I’m forever grateful to Him for His sanctifying work through the Holy Spirit. This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And on this Thanksgiving weekend I give thanks to the Lord for washing away my sin and for letting me have a piece in His family. His promises are real and He is ever present in our time of need. He is our peace that tears down the dividing wall. He is our power because He is the transforming One in our lives. And He has a plan for you and me. Are you joining Him in the work He has called you to minister? Remember, we are all called to ministry, not just the clergy. All of us are called to be witnesses. That causes me to give Him thanks today. May Jesus use you in ministry today! And as He uses you, do not hesitate to give Him thanks!