Text – Eph. 5:20 / 1 Thess. 5:18
Introduction: The very thought of Thanksgiving may seemlike an intrusion to many people today. The concept of gratitude is swiftly eroding. Also, some people confuse thanks-saying with Thanks-giving. The biblical meaning of giving thanks to God needs rediscovery.
Some people probably question the reason for Thanksgiving. They look at the cost of living, the hardships of life, the increase in crime and many other natural disasters as wonder if there really is a reason to be thankful. As we think on the subject of Thanksgiving, these verses reveal how the grace of gratitude should be expressed.
I. Thanksgiving Should be Continuous
Look at the word, “always.” We should always be giving thanks. You can never express your gratitude to God in a single day. The happy Christian lives in a spirit of gratitude to God continuously.
Thanksgiving should be offered to God under all circumstances. When all is well and we are happy, we should give thanks. But, when we are in the hour of disappointment we should also give Him thanks.
2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Colossians 1:3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
1 Thessalonians 1:2 We givethanksto Godalwaysfor youall, making mention of you in our prayers;
II. Thanksgiving Should be Comprehensive
We must be thankful for the blessings God gives which are known and unknown to us. Yes, God’s unknown blessings too.
THINK about it! Think about ALL things: “We Move from the Know to the Unknown“
The Known Things…What we know and experience,observe, see, feel, etc.
The Unknown Things…Accidents avoided, Diseases notcontracted, Breakdowns that didn’t occur, Stroke avoided, Heart attack halted, etc.
III. Thanksgiving Should be Christian
Paul tells us that we should give this thanks, “in the name of the Lord.” The Christian lives and moves, and has his being within the will of God.
A man was telling another about traveling over a certain road and how he had a crash but was not
hurt. He was expressing his thanks. The other man said, “I can tell you something better than that. I have driven over that road a hundred times, have never crashed and never had a problem.” Dear friend, how often we forget that as believers we are in the hands of the Lord.
Let us give our thanks as Christians!
That for which we should be most thankful is the grace of God in Christ. This grace is ours because of God’s Love(John 3:16). Love cannot be compelled, forced or bought.
Paul was always giving thanks unto God for what he called God’s “unspeakable gift.” (2 Cor. 9:15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift)
Thanksgiving is pleasing to God. 1 Thess. 5:18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. “
God does not need our thanks; He dwells in continual praise in Heaven.
The Biblical meaning of giving thanks to God needs rediscovery in all of our lives.