How Often Do You Give Thanks to God?
When Paul writes to the church in the city of Colossi, he says he always gives God thanks when he prays for them. He doesn’t just give God thanks for them occasionally but always. This is because of their faith in Jesus and their love for all God’s people—not some of them or the ones they agree with, but all of God’s people. Their faith and love stems from the hope they have in heaven because of Jesus (Colossians 1:3-5).
This gives me pause. Is my life one that would cause someone to give thanks to God? I fear not. Furthermore, when have I given thanks to God for the example of someone else’s life? Implicitly, perhaps, but I doubt if I’ve ever done so explicitly. I’m not sure which bothers me more: my failure in producing God-honoring actions or my forgetfulness in praying God-honoring thanks.Have you ever given thanks to God for the example of someone else’s life? Click To Tweet
In even more general terms, how often do I thank God overall? Sometimes I remember to thank him for his blessings and provisions. Sometimes I remember to thank him for answered prayer. But it is much easier to persist in making requests, than to persist in giving thanks.
What do you need to thank God for? Who has given you an example that you can give thanks to God?
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.