Even our pagan, God-ignoring society acknowledges a time of “giving thanks”, though they are very wishy-washy on Whom is to be thanked…
Give thanks for what is revealed here…
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
We have been saved by grace.
We have not been saved by any works...not even the “work” of faith.
Salvation is an act of grace, a gift from God.
Therefore, why do we boast?
Yes, we are to do good works.
These are works that flow from salvation, not to “attain” salvation.
We are created for such.
We are told forthrightly that we are His workmanship.
Do not believe the lies of the evil one when he attempts to destroy you in your eyes.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
You are created a new creature by the grace of God.
Not just any works.
Works prepared by God.
Works prepared beforehand.
Before you were saved.
Before you were born.
Before the foundation of the world was spoken into existence.
So, let us live as His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus (there is that phrase again) for good works.
Let the good works continue with the constant release of thanks unto the Lord…
Manifest the works of the Presence of the Lord where you are...