Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
A famous English Bible scholar named Matthew Henry was once attacked by thieves and robbed of his purse. He wrote these words in his diary: “Let me be thankful. First, I was never robbed before. Second, although they took my purse, they didn’t take my life. Third, although they took my all, it was not much. Fourth, let me be thankful because it was I who was robbed and not I who did the robbing.”
What a great attitude! My heart is convicted by the bad attitudes I have when things happen that are outside of my definition of good. My attitudes are not very thankful when my perception of my circumstances is based on my needs rather than God’s purpose. I need to keep reading yesterday’s devotional until my attitude begins to change.
When the attitude of our heart is thanksgiving, then giving thanks will become the activity of our life. It is from the abundance of our heart that the mouth speaks. It is impossible to believe a person who claims to have a thankful heart yet does not express thanksgiving with their mouth.
I think that the root of our problem is that we focus far too much on circumstances we want changed, while taking for granted the biggest fix ever accomplished on our behalf.
Vance Havner said it this way – Our biggest problem in the church today is this vast majority of Sunday morning Christians who claim to have known the Master’s cure and who do not return to thank Him by presence, prayer, testimony and support of His church. In fact, the whole Christian life is [to be] one big “Thank You,” the living expression of our gratitude to God for His goodness. But we take Him for granted and what we take for granted we never take seriously.
If no other circumstance of our life was ever changed or fixed from this point forward, the following things are still true:
- In Christ, God has qualified us as His child and given us an eternal inheritance
- God has delivered us from darkness
- God has transferred us into the Kingdom of His Son Jesus
- Christ has redeemed us
- God has forgiven our sins
- Christ has strengthened us with all power by His Spirit, so we can patiently endure all things with joy
Sure, the circumstances of life sometimes stink, and they can be discouraging. But nothing – absolutely nothing – can separate us from the love of God when we are in Christ Jesus. That is the basis of a thankful attitude in the midst of a hurting world.
So, go ahead – let your thankful attitude spill out of your mouth in thanksgiving. Let your whole life be one big “THANK YOU!”