Luke 6:45 says that “The good man out of the treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.”

What fruit is coming out of your mouth? Is it good or evil? What would others around you say? Our attitude of thankfulness should produce real fruit. A part of this fruit is freedom from sin. The fruit of thanksgiving should be freedom from the constant grind of wanting more of this world.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 exhorts: Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Our culture of consumerism conduces covetousness. We may be in our homes and at our tables during the day today, but where will we be tonight or tomorrow? Will we be fighting to the crowds to find the best deals on things? This is what the world says we should be doing. The reality is that living in a covetous manner keeps you enslaved. Our time, money, longings, and mental space are channeled toward something. That’s a terrible place to be. Scripture calls us to do something else. We are called to give thanks in everything. This change in attitude and focus on God releases us from the bondage of the sin of selfish consumerism.

Another part of this freedom of thanksgiving should be contentedness. Contentedness is thankfulness to God in where He has placed us and how He has blessed us. God is the giver of all good things and He blesses us more than we deserve. We could go on and on and often we should. By voicing how God has blessed us, we actively fight desiring what we do not have. The effect of speaking and sharing how we have been blessed helps us to see God’s goodness. Our God as Heavenly Father knows what we need and promises to take care of us. Contentedness is the opposite of covetousness. If we are content with how God has blessed us, then we do not covet more. We are freed from the bondage of this sin. We as Christians must be content with what God has given us because it is all from the Lord.

So, I ask again, what fruit of thankfulness are you showing? As we celebrate Thanksgiving today, let’s look to the freedom that giving thanks to God produces. May our families not be in bondage to covetousness. May our lives and our homes be places where much contentedness resides and there is freedom from wanting more than what God has given us. May those around us see and hear us giving thanks to God for how He has blessed us. May our children see our example and learn to be thankful to God. May our mouths bring forth what is truly in our hearts and may we give thanks in everything.

Andrew Van Engen

Author Andrew Van Engen

Andrew is married to Andrea and father of Adele, Isaiah, Evelyn, and Ezekiel. They have attended Christ the Word since moving to the area in 2009. He is studying at the Reformed Evangelical Pastor’s college. In their free time, the Van Engen family enjoys going on bike rides and walks around their neighborhood.

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