Members of the Church Of Christ never waste an opportunity to express their gratitude to God. They completely understand and believe that they remain alive because of God’s grace. In their hearts, they know that it is God Who provides for their daily needs as well as every good thing that make them happy. For all these blessings, they never forget to offer their sincere thanksgiving to God.
But more than these blessings, they thank God for the election that He has gifted them with. And so, just like what they have done in the years past, they eagerly look forward to the Anniversary Thanksgiving of the Church. As the Church Of Christ reaches its 105th year, faithful members all over the world reflect upon the incomparable blessings that they have received and stand to receive because of their membership in the Church Of Christ, God’s nation in these last days.
By virtue of the their membership in the one true Church, they are certain that God considers them His sons and daughters:
“Fear not for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, And gather you from the west; I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ And to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’ Bring My sons from afar, And My daughters from the ends of the earth.” (Isa. 43:5-6 New King James Version)
Through the prophet Isaiah, God spoke of His sons and daughters “from afar,” from “the ends of the earth.” The fulfillment of the prophesied sons and daughters of God are none other than the fruits of the labors of God’s Messenger in these last days, Brother Felix Y. Manalo. That God consider them His children is truly incomparable because as such, they are His heirs:
“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.” (Rom. 8:16-17 NKJV)
What money can never buy, the members of the Church Of Christ have: the assurance of God that they are His heirs and joint heirs with Christ. As heirs, they stand to inherit the promises of God, most important of which is the right to dwell in the Holy City for all eternity. For this immeasurable grace, members of the Church Of Christ never fail to gather themselves in their respective places of worship on the day of their Thanksgiving to offer praises to God.
In addition to being grateful for the grace of salvation that they are confidently certain of receiving, the members of the Church Of Christ also express their gratitude to God for His faithfulness to His promises. What He has spoken, He, indeed, has done:
“You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, And called from its farthest regions, And said to you, ‘You are my servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away: Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’ Behold, all those who were incensed against you Shall be ashamed and disgraced; They shall be as nothing, and those who strive with you shall perish. You shall seek them and not find them—Those who contended with you. Those who war against you Shall be as nothing, As a nonexistent thing.” (Isa. 41:9-12 NKJV)
As God adds another year to the Church Of Christ, it becomes all the more evident that He has fulfilled and continues to fulfill the promise He gave to His Messenger in these last days. Yes, Brother Felix Y. Manalo may have already been laid to rest but God continues to grant strength, confidence, courage, and protection to His people in these last days.
From the Philippines, the Church Of Christ has reached 152 countries and territories. It has come to encompass 147 races and ethnicities. All these and more have transpired because of God’s help and guidance to the Church. As they continue on with its divine mission of bringing God’s message of hope and salvation to all corners of the world, its members are confident that regardless of the situation of this world, the parade of victories for the Church will continue because God is with this mission—His last work of salvation.
As living witnesses to God’s goodness to His nation in these last days, members of the Church Of Christ, like God’s early servants, will never cease to give thanks to Him:
“Remember me, O LORD, when you show favor to your people, come to my aid when you save them, that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may share in the joy of your nation and join your inheritance in giving praise.
Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (Ps. 106:4-5 & 1 New International Version)
Truly, God is good. And in celebration of His goodness to His people, millions of Church Of Christ members across the globe will assemble in their respective places of worship on the day of their Thanksgiving to praise God, bringing with them their thank offerings (Ps. 107:21-22 NIV). They will do this with joy in their hearts for they understand and have faith that it is only right to thank God.