Giving Thanks For Hope [Chad Hambrick, Founder & Executive Director of The Abiding Journey]
Food tastes amazing when you're hungry for it.
We have a changed attitude when we are filled with gratitude.
We get comfortable in His goodness. We forget what it's like to live outside of His provision and love. We need to remain hungry for God.
I want to pursue God like He pursues me.
..and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:12-14 NIV)
We may dream of winning the lottery or receiving a huge inheritance from a dead relative but our inheritance from our Heavenly Father is better than anything this world has to offer.
We take this inheritance for granted.
He has RESCUED us from darkness..THAT is a reason to be grateful.
Do we truly understand what this means?
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. (Colossians 1:15, 16 NIV)
We understand the respect we should have for earthly authority (teachers, police officers, the president) but do we respect and submit to the heavenly authority of Jesus? We know what it looks like when we don't submit to these authorities. So how much more so should we submit to God and His authority. This is always for our good.
This understanding of His authority and our submission to it, is the beginning of faith.
Sometimes blessings hurt. But submission to God is always for our good.
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. (Colossians 1:17, 18 NIV)
He holds all things together.
Let's give the supreme Lord everything He deserves.
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. (Colossians 1:19, 20 NIV)
That reconciliation between man and God is worth worshiping!
What would our existence be like if we weren't reconciled by Jesus? There would be no hope. And there would be no gratitude.
We were once dead, now we are alive because of what Jesus has done for us. Before Christ reconciled us we were dead in our own trespasses..but Christ has changed us.
Since Jesus overcame death, so can we. But only through His Spirit.
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27 NIV)
Are we hungrier for God than the things of this world?
Our appetite for the things of this world will never be satisfied.
But Jesus will satisfy our every need.
Where is our gratitude level?