“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
“giving thanks to God the Father through Him”
Three times in three verses (vv. 15, 16, 17), God asks us to give thanks.
The added thought here is that we give thanks through him (John 14:6; Romans 1:8; 1 Timothy 2:5). There is no way to relate to God except through his son. If you have never accepted Christ as your Savior, you cannot relate to God.
The capacity to give thanks depends upon our recognition of God’s grace both provided in the Word and his acts in our lives. If, for example, we do not recognize the love of God for us, we obviously cannot give thanks for that love. We can emotionally gush from a void of knowledge, but that is not true thanksgiving.
The gift is not the important thing but the Giver. Thanksgiving is a true love response to someone who loves us. God can provide anything for us. He can provide more than we can ever receive. God never runs out of money, ideas, the capacity to intervene for us. The problem is that we get our eyes on the gift rather than the Giver. A believer properly oriented to God never loses track of the Giver. The gift is almost inconsequential.
God wants us to give thanks based on the Giver rather than the gift.
Here is the difference between a person who recognizes the Gift rather than the giver. Suppose a girl receives two gifts from two different men. One man gives her a better gift than the other. If she orients to the gift rather than the giver, then she will make a great mistake. She will fall for a man who may have less capacity of the soul to love her. True biblical thanksgiving always focuses on the Giver rather than the gift. If we focus on the Giver, we will have the capacity to enjoy the gift no matter what it may be.