25th November 2010

Clothed With Thankfulness

14th in a Series

“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”
Colossians 2:6-7 (NKJV)

It is strange that some Christians need to be reminded to be thankful when we consider the privileged position that they enjoy.

The Christian life is the most worthwhile, productive life it is possible to live! It is a life that has inherent in it an eternal future that is pleasing to God. Indeed, it is the dwelling place of God here and now, and a temple to God by which we bring worship to the Most High. There can be no greater purpose and we have been blessed with the opportunity to fulfil that purpose.

When we consider what God has done for us through Jesus, we should be overwhelmed with thankfulness.

Let the apostle Paul explain it to us; “that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ…. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,” (Ephesians 2:12-13,19 NKJV).

Notice further what this means for us; “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,…” (Romans 8:16-17 NKJV).

Can we grasp what God has done for us in bringing us near to him, putting us into his family, to inherit all things along with Jesus? What an outpouring of thankfulness that should produce. As Paul encouraged the church at Ephesus: “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” (Ephesians 5:18-20 NKJV).

Prayer
Father in heaven, thank you for all that you have done, are doing, and will do for me since you have brought me near, and seek only to bless me more and more in Christ Jesus.  Let me show that thankfulness in all that I do.
Amen

Study by David Stirk 

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