Monday, January 16, 2012

He Must Increase-Day 16

As we seek to exalt Christ, and put Christ about our own ambitions, we must strive to incorporate an element of thanks. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says,"...give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." (NIV) If Christ is to increase in our lives, we must drink from the well of thanks more often and more purposefully. But what a task! Give thanks in every circumstance?

Thanksgiving is not just the way of Christ; it's also the path of blessing. A thankful heart rejoices over what Christ has done for us instead of lamenting life's many disappointments. A thankful mind, grounded in Christ, sees what is right in every circumstance instead of always highlighting what is wrong. A thankful body rests easy at night from the knowledge of Christ's providence instead of wrestling with the sheets of anxiety. A thankful soul, finds satisfaction in Christ though everything around them may be chaos.

Some see thanksgiving as a some kind of mystical spiritual attribute but it's simpler than that. It's an attitude. It's a posture. It's a choice to see things in a certain light. Henry Ward Beecher once said, "Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow." Try it out today as see if it works. In each situation of circumstance you find yourself in today...ask this question: "What is there to be thankful for?"

Read the Bible in One Year Plan: Genesis 46-47


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