Thanksgiving travel reflections

By Gene Vincent - Pastor, Beechland Baptist Church

It’s that time to travel. It’s the Thanksgiving time of year, when many people travel to be with family or friends. I and my family will be traveling and spending our Thanksgiving in a different way and in a different place. Generally people travel today by car, plane, train or boat, however in the days of Jesus physical ministry among mankind on earth, He walked, road a donkey or traveled by boat. While we travel hundreds of miles in a short time, Jesus only covered a short distance physically from His earthly home place.

But as I think of Jesus and His traveling experiences here on earth, I can’t help but think about the longest trip that He took. There is no way to gauge how many miles the trip was, but I assure you it was far more then you or I will venture in this life time.

Jesus traveled from the Throne of Heaven, to Earth. He traveled from the glory of Heaven to the darkness of Calvary. Jesus did not make this long trip simply because of love for you and me! I have heard ministers tell their congregations that He did it all just because of loves of us. Granted I believe that love played a part in His decision to come to the spend time on this His creation and eventually face the cross, but there was also a desire to please His Father, God. Jesus was obedient – even unto death. Philippians 2:8 puts it this way, “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!”

Children need to learn the importance of obedience today because it is something that all Christians should constantly be working to do in their relationship with God the Father. Obedience is a necessary learning and growth tool. If I obey, I learn and thereby grow. As well, if I disobey the will of God the Father, I learn little and continue struggling with the elementary aspects of Christianity.

I and my family are traveling this Thanksgiving season, but more importantly we are individually traveling the journey of life. And in order to enjoy the trip, learn something on the way and to grow in the process – we all need to strive to obey Him, as we give thanks.

Happy Traveling and Happy Thanksgiving! We are blessed!

By Gene Vincent

Pastor, Beechland Baptist Church

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