We are all on a journey. And as Paul says, we do not travel that journey as those who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4: 13). We know that we have a Savior sitting at the right hand of the Father who delights in us. We have the Word of God that is living and active. We have the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, giving us gifts to make the best use of our time here on Earth. And we have the fellowship of other believers to offer friendship, prayer, encouragement and council. We have hope, and because we have hope we can be thankful. Our thanks comes from our heart, from deep within us. It is a characteristic of one who has been redeemed and restored, or one who is a work in progress. Our thanks comes from sanctification and salvation, rising above our circumstances and presenting a sacrifice of praise to our heavenly Father. Colossians 2: 6-7 says, “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”
We, as believers, do not have an attitude of gratitude that is dependent on our circumstances. While we may grieve, experience anger, loss, heartache and pain, we have hope in something that will never be taken from us. We have something more than this life to look forward to….
“Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe…” Hebrews 12: 28
Our kingdom is unshakable, this world is not. I am so thankful this world is not all there is for me. But while we are here, let us offer our service as a sacrifice of praise to our God, encouraging others and sharing with them the hope that we have. Let’s offer them something to truly be thankful for. “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 18