Being Thankful (Colossians 1:3-4)

Thanksgiving is an important aspect of everyone’s life. If we stop for a moment and think, our hearts and minds will begin to touch upon those things for which we can give thanks.
The apostle, Paul, identified two things for which he gave thanks for the believers at Colosse: for their faith in Christ and their love towards the Saints. He wasn’t listing things that he received or benefits that he would experience. Paul was thankful for what he saw God doing in their lives.

We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, (Colossians 1:3-4)

Stop and think for a minute. Each of the things that you give thanks, aren’t they really the results of God working in your life. The promotion at work, you stopped and gave thanks to God. The child that was born, you gave thanks to God. The long sought after answer to prayer, you too gave thanks to God. For each situation where you saw God’s hand moved, you stopped and give thanks.

Are there any situations in your life where God is not moving? If he is sovereign – and he is – he is working in every situation in your life: both the good and the bad. The death of a parent, the unexpected layoff at work, the trip to the emergency room are just examples of times when God was working when he didn’t appear to be.

If we give thanks when we see God’s hand working in our lives and God is working in everything for our good, then we should be giving thanks to God for everything. 

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

It is only when you see God working in everything that in everything, you will give thanks


It’s Not Just About You (2 Samuel 5:12)

David, after being annointed King over both Judah and Israel, moved upon Jerusalem. The inhabitants resisted him and mocked his ability to overcome them. In the end, David was victorious. God had blessed him and provided this victory, but not necessarily for David’s sake. God gave David the victory for the people’s sake. God may use you or work in your life to overcome obstacles, but when he does, you need to remember, It’s not just about you.

And David perceived that the Lord had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel’s sake. (2 Samuel 5:12)

You heard of the phrase, “No man is an island”. The statement declares that regardless of how much we may try to separate ourselves from others, our lives still affect other people. When God works in your life, he also is doing a work in the lives of countless others.

An example of this could be when friends and I, at 18 years of age, were traveling home from school. While on a back road, a tire became flat. Before I could get out to work on the flat, a car pulled up and offered to help. The car I was driving belonged to my sister and of course when we opened the trunk, there wasn’t a spare. Quickly, the stranger took off the wheel, threw it into his vehicle and said he would return. I sat there and thought to myself, “What have I done? Before I only had a flat tire. Now I only have three wheels. What am I going to do, if this guy doesn’t return?” After some time, he returned with the repaired tire, put it back onto the car and neatly put away all the tools. It was then, that he handed me a gospel tract. I never read it and I didn’t need to. I knew that I had met somebody who had something that I did not and that I needed to search out the matter. A few years later, I came to Christ. Since then, I surrendered to the ministry, went to Bible college, served in ministry for decades, reached countless souls for Christ, became a teacher, principal, Dean of students and vice-president of academics at a Bible college. All of this because of a flat tire. Today there are many serving as pastors, missionaries, teachers and secretaries because of that day.

How would things have been had I not had the flat tire. Was God concerned about me? Yes, but more so in how his work upon me would affect others. Your situations in life are not just about you. They are about others. We will never know on this side of eternity exactly how God is working. What we must do is recognize that we are but a very small aspect of his great plan. As you travel through your day, look for the opportunities that The Lord puts before you. Some of them may be positive experiences and others negative, but in either instance, God is working good on your behalf and also for the benefit of others.

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