In Everything Give Thanks
By Daniel Amstutz
Wow! What a challenge. Really?
“In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” —1 Thessalonians 5:18
There are four words in the Hebrew for “thanksgiving” and seven words in the Greek just to say, “thank you.” The word for thanks used in this passage in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 means to be grateful and express it!
The Apostle Paul says we are to maintain an attitude of gratitude in everything. Wow! What a challenge in a culture that is growing more and more unthankful. In 2 Timothy 3:3, Paul told us that in the last days men would become more and more unthankful.
We see this everywhere and in everything, don’t we? But we are told not to be conformed to the ways of the world, as well as being told to be in the world but not of it. We, as believers because of Jesus, have so much to be thankful for, and we should be marked by an attitude of gratitude.
It should be obvious that we are not being conformed to the world, but being transformed by the renewing of our minds by the Word of God. Not only should we be thankful, but we should be demonstrating it. We should be expressing it and showing forth His salvation from day to day.
What are you thankful for today? In addition to all you have to be thankful for in Christ, have you considered expressing your thanks for the people that God has placed in your life?
In writing to the Philippian church, the Apostle Paul said, “Whenever I think of you, I’m filled with an attitude of gratitude to God, and I just want to tell you so as well.”
Thanking God for our relationships is so important. Tell God “thank you” today for those special people in your life, and then take it a step further—telling and showing them your thankfulness as well.
It is always the will of God to give thanks. So if you don’t know what the will of God is with a situation you are in, start by giving God thanks. You know that is the will of God. And thanksgiving is always a place of entrance. See what opens for you through the gate of thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is way more powerful than we think!
The Holy Ghost is always thankful. Christ IN YOU has never had a depressed day. So if we will learn to give thanks in everything, we are going to be experiencing the presence and power of God from the inside out, instead of letting our circumstances dictate or thankfulness. Christ IN YOU is greater!
In everything give thanks, and experience the will of God for YOU!