When I was a child, I remember my parents helping my brother and me form a habit of giving a Thanksgiving offering each year on Thanksgiving Sunday. When I was younger, I didn't think much of it, and I kept doing it as a young man just out of habit. However, as I matured in my personal walk with Jesus, I realized the importance of expressing our gratitude towards God.
In 2 Corinthians 9:10-11, Apostle Paul writes, "He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God." Notice how Paul teaches the church in Corinth to express their thanksgiving to God. He points out that God is the one who supplies the seed to the sower. God is the one who provides everything in life, and one of the reasons he chooses to enrich you in your life is so that you may be "generous in every way," and through our generosity, we will help produce a culture of thanksgiving to God; recognizing his grace and mercy in our lives.
Thanksgiving offerings are not the only way in which we express our gratitude to our Lord, but it is a great opportunity. Sarah and I continue this tradition of giving a Thanksgiving offering each year, and we hope that our son, Nathan, will also grow up in a culture of thanksgiving and a humble recognition of God's providence in our lives. This year, our Thanksgiving offerings will be going to our 60th Anniversary Projects. You can choose to give a Thanksgiving offering this year by using one of the green Thanksgiving envelopes provided in the pews on Sundays during the month of October, or by giving online. I encourage you to consider making this a healthy tradition in your life.