“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15, ESV)
Did you know that one evidence that you are filled with the Holy Spirit is a thankful spirit?
The above verse is taken from the section in which Paul is exhorting all believers to let the word of Christ (the Scriptures) dwell in you richly. If you would take the time to compare this passage from Colossians 3 with Ephesians 5 where Paul commands all believers to filled with the Spirit you can’t help but notice that the results of being filled with the Spirit Paul describes in Ephesians 5 are very similar in fact they are almost identical to the results Paul describes from letting the word of Christ dwell in us richly.
Listen to what Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:20
“giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” (Ephesians 5:20, ESV)
In each one of these passages that deal with you as a believer being filled with the Holy Spirit thanksgiving is listed as one of the characteristics of a Spirit filled believer.
Next week we will be officially thankful. Each year we as a county take a day to supposedly give thanks. Sadly the purpose of this day is rapidly being lost amidst our national greed and avarice. Thanksgiving Day is seen more for a day for shopping and getting a jump on “Black Friday” and the abomination it has become.
But for us as Christians thanksgiving should never be relegated to a single day of the year. It should be the normal attitude and a normal part of the conversation and the prayer life of the Christian.
And why shouldn’t we be thankful? We of all people have the most to be thankful for.
- We have been redeemed from our sinful lifestyles.
- We have been blessed with the Holy Spirit to help us live as God desires us to live.
- We have blessed with all the promises of God.
- We have been given access to an abundant life now and an eternal life to come.
Why not choose one or more of the verses listed below and meditate on them during the days leading up to Thanksgiving. Take the time to make a list of all the ways that God has blessed you and then spend time giving thanks for all that you gracious God has given to you through Jesus Christ.
“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.” (Psalm 95:1–5, ESV)
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 100:1–5, ESV)