“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.“
“and be thankful”
The Greek says, “become thankful.” It does not mean to “be” something; it means to become something that we were not before. “Become” indicates that the Colossians were not thankful before this challenge from Paul.
Every believer should have an attitude of thanksgiving no matter what happens. Adversity is a test to see whether we are a slave to our circumstances or whether the circumstances are a slave to us. If we have inner joy where all systems are go, then there is no disaster, failure, problem or catastrophe for which we could not be thankful.
The peace of Christ enables us to be thankful for everything. The plan of God converts everything into a blessing. This is the normal Christian life. It is abnormal to fall apart, to live in a state of panic, to sublimate. The plan of God stabilizes our orientation in life.
Thankfulness occurs throughout the Word of God. Why? The Christian knows that he neither earns nor deserves anything from God. Everything we have is of God’s grace. We do not deserve food on the table or the roof over our heads. They are both gifts from God.
Thankfulness relates to our capacity of soul. A person with little capacity of soul has little capacity to give God thanks. If we do not fully appreciate the work of Christ, how can we give thanks properly for it? The key to thanksgiving is the ability to understand the blessings God has bestowed upon us.
Adversity is a test of our soul to see whether we are free from the circumstances of life.
When God asks us to give thanks he is not asking us to pray about it. He does not say “Try to be thankful.” He says, “Become thankful” (Ps. 92:1; 106:1; 1 Thes. 5:18). We have a solid foundation for giving thanks because he has done so much for us (Eph 5:20).
A common complaint among parents is that their children do not show appreciation for what they have been given. When we recall our childhood, we did not appreciate our parents either. Children today are no different. They are not thankful for what they have. Children have little capacity to understand what their parents have done for them. God can say, “My children do not appreciate what I have done for them. They seldom give thanks for what they have.” This is an issue of our maturity in Christ.
In your daily devotions, do you make it a practice to give thanks to God every day? God wants us to say, “Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul, for making me whole, for sustaining me every day.”