Read Colossians 3:15-17
One thing I love about the bible is that you can read the same verse many times, and God can teach you different things each time. The word of God is alive and active. Just because you read a passage last month, doesn’t mean you won’t learn something new this month. The key is in allowing God to speak to us, in preparing our hearts to hear from Him, and then listening to His voice. With that said, God showed me something simple but new in the verses we are looking at today.
I know it is not Thanksgiving quite yet, but I couldn’t help but notice the emphasis on thankfulness in these three verses. Look again at the end of each verse,
15. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
16. Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.
17. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
If we are going to live lives that are pleasing to God, our actions must come from a heart of thankfulness. Not only does our thankfulness glorify God, but it brings joy to things in life that can otherwise be done out of obligation.
When you are cleaning your house…thank God that you have a place to live
When you are doing laundry…thank God that you have clothes to wear
When you are working or going to school…thank God for the opportunity to learn
When you are struggling to forgive…thank God that He has forgiven you
When you find it hard to love…thank God that He loves you unconditionally
“And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” ~Colossians 3:17
Do you serve God out of obligaiton, or out of thankfulness? Which is more pleasing to God? Which will bring you more joy?
What’s one thing in your life you tend to complain about or compare with? How can you give thanks in this area?