Summary: A heavenly perspective on attitude. Paul shows us in the letter to Colossians that an attitude of thanks giving is important for a complete life.
Living In Thanksgiving
Intro: Scottish Minister Alexander Whyte was known for his uplifting prayers in the pulpit. He always found something for which to be grateful. One Sunday morning the weather was so gloomy that one church member thought to himself, “Certainly the preacher won’t think of anything for which to thank the Lord on a wretched day like this. “Much to his surpise, however, Whyte began by praying, “We thank Thee, O God, that it it is not always like this.”
What a heavenly perspective. Bro Whyte must have had his treasures laid up in heaven.
We will see this morning that the Apostle Paul did as well.
Every one of Paul’s letters except Galatians begins with thanksgiving. In the letter to the Colossians He mentions giving thanks seven times.
There is a great importance to the number seven. The number seven in the Bible it stands for completion and perfection. Seven can also be connected to oaths or swearing.
God’s Word in this letter tells us how to have a complete life. A key ingredient to a complete life is a life full of thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is not simply a day we acknowledge with celebration. Thanksgiving is instead an attitude we should receive at salvation.
It has been said many times that Christianity is not a religion it is a realtionship. Out of the relationship with Jesus should come a Christian lifestyle.
Those that live as Christians should be living in thanksgiving.
Let’s examine what the Bible says about living in Thanks giving.
Biblical reasons for living in thanksgiving.
Read: Colossians 2.6-7
The passage shows us that there should be a Biblical attitude of gratitude. An outward overflow of the inward working of Jesus.
I. Completeness of your salavation. (Notice the have been (accomplished reality) (it is finished)
B) Complete Forgiveness of sin (Colossian 2.12-13)
Preacher’s Commentary “in Colossians Paul paints a grahic picture of Jesus’ work of forgivness.”
1) Cirumcised by Christ (2.11-12)
2) Nailed our sin to the cross (2.14)
3) Disarmed principalities and powers (2.15)
Notice that all these are were, have been, etc. .
They are present realities in the Christians life.
C) Complete working out of our salvation
Preachers commentary, “Conversion, passing from life to death, may be the miracle of the moment, but the making of a saint – presenting oneself perfect in christ -- is the task of a lifetime.”
If Christ is working in you thankfulness should be coming out of you.
WA Criswell The Christian faith is that – always reflectig our gratitude to God for His wonderful goodnesses to us.
II. Compelling of God’s command
A) Offering of Thanks (Col 1.12)
1 Thessalonians 5.18 “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”
In this way we Christians are different from the natural man
a) Continual offering of thanks no matter the situation
b) Cituations we think are unbearable may have been placed for our good.
Corrie Ten Boom in The Hiding Place relates an incident that taught her always to be thankful. She and her sister, Betsy had just been transferred to the worst German prison camp they had seen yet, Ravensbruck. On entering the barracks, they found them extremely overcrowded and flea-infested.