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Giving Thanks!

Key Scripture:

Colossians 3:17 (KJV) And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

SUMMARY

The Bible teaches us to be thankful at all times . Thanksgiving is echoed all through the Bible and its the hallmark of a christian. This sermon beautifully explains the reasons why we need to be thankful.

SERMON POINTS

Being thankful.

Colossians 3:15 (KJV)  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

The Bible tells us that we are to be thankful in all things, whether word or deed. In this day and age where everything and everyone is taken for granted, Apostle Paul in his letter to the Phillipians, lets them know that he thanks God every time he remembers them. (Philippians 1:3,4). In this context we should also make all efforts for the men of God to be thankful to God for our lives as we partner with them and be their support.

This indicates we need to be thankful continuously as well. Below are some of the reasons why we ought to be thankful.

Why should we be thankful?

1, It’s the sign of a true Christian

Colossians 4:2 (KJV) Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Being thankful is a sign of a true Christian. As a person who has received the Lord Jesus as his/her personal Saviour, we stop having an independent existence. We are part of the same body. We are to watch and continue in prayer and thanksgiving. Not just when we receive blessing, but in all things. Your thanksgiving is a sign that you are a true Christian. The Old Testament Israel erred in it as they cultivated an atmosphere of murmuring and grumbling. Hence St Paul repeatedly in all His epistles stresses the discipline of being thankful.

2. Helps you not take things for granted.

Luke 17:17-19 (KJV) And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?  There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

Ten lepers cried out to the Lord Jesus for healing. One Samaritan decided to return to the Lord, falling at His feet and thanking Him. The Lord Jesus asked where the others were. This shows the heart of the Lord, who doesn’t want us to take things for granted. When we thank Him everyday, for the little things in our daily lives, be it our jobs, homes, family, etc. it seals our blessings. Our Lord looks for that attitude of gratitude which stands as a sign of our faith.

3. It cuts off pride.

1 Peter 5:5 (KJV)   God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

Pride in any form or kind is dangerous in our walk with the Lord. The following lists pride:

  • The feeling of I’m entitled to everything
  • Not being concerned about others, but keen that all should go well with me.
  • Wasting things
  • Being spendthrift
  • Being not teachable.

But when you start thanking God, it cuts off every form of pride. Thanksgiving cannot spring out of a proud heart.

4. Makes you more Christ-like.

John 11:41 (KJV)  Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.

As Jesus stood in front of the tomb of Lazarus, He lifted up His eyes to the Father in heaven and thanked Him. Thanking God makes us more like our Lord Jesus. Jesus Christ thanked the Father for hearing Him always. We need to reflect on how we are faring in this respect. As we begin to thank God for His faithfulness in our lives we start to become more like Him.

CONCLUSION.

The attitude of gratitude determines our altitude. Let us become more thankful and thereby become more like Christ. Let’s cut off pride and ask Him for more grace that we would be so thankful to God. God judged the murmurer but blessed the thankful.

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