“And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful. Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God” (Colossians 5:15-16). It is a simple directive… be thankful. Paul wanted the church at Colossae to know Christ’s peace as they worshipped Him together. And he knew that they could realize this by cultivating an attitude of gratitude. Thankfulness leads us to right relationships with God and with others. So, for a moment, let me engage in a bit of thanksgiving… with a list. I’m grateful for:
1) A God Who relentlessly pursues me in His love.
He loved me before I could ever respond to Him in such
an appropriate way. He gave His Son up for me!
Wow, what love!
2) A Savior Who is living. I don’t serve a martyr! I celebrate
a resurrected King! That means that I have power to live
and work each day for Him.
3) A wife who is faithful. I’ve always said that she makes me a better person. She is godly, encouraging, and helps me fulfill the work of the ministry. She is beautiful! And what
is more, she is becoming a good cook! (BTW, you don’t
have to share this with her! She doesn’t read my articles,
so she will never know I said this if you keep this between
you and me.)
4) Children who thrill my soul. My kids constantly
bring me joy and challenges. Being a parent is a
5) A team of fellow ministers/co-laborers who I get to serve
with daily. The fellowship I have with these men and
women is tremendous, and while we get to enjoy our work
together, we are collectively committed to advancing
6) A church that loves Christ, His word, His mission, His
people, and the world. I cannot tell you how grateful I am
for Temple Baptist Church.
7) A call the Lord has placed upon my life. I get to
do the most wonderful thing I could ever imagine…
pastor the flock of God. I never take that for granted.
He has entrusted me with this tremendous privilege
And this is just the start! The space here does not afford me room to record the exhaustive list I could enumerate. But even these few recognitions lead me to a spirit of praise… I’ve got to pause for a moment and sing a chorus of “To God Be the Glory.”
I hope this week you join me in this thanksgiving. Be thankful and worship Him with gratitude in your heart. We have plenty of reason to do so! See you Sunday!