Open Bible on Table

Use this tiny sermon for personal study or for a small group discussion. Journal your responses to the applications. Then, tell a trusted spiritual friend how God wants to transform you. Pray for success in obedience.

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Key Ideas:

The Greek verb “give thanks” includes feeling thankful, expressing that thankfulness outwardly and directing that expression toward God. Obedience requires all three.

The realm in which believers must feel and express thanks has no boundary. It includes every situation, every circumstance, and every matter.

The command to give thanks in everything is more than mere platitude. It manifests God’s wishes, desires and intentions. It reflects how God is and how He wants believers to be.

Scripture does not aim the command at “super believers.” It instructed ordinary saints. The command means that its action is possible for ordinary believers to do.

“In Jesus Christ” tells the Bible’s readers that this command is part of basic Christian followship of Jesus. It is not a special-occasion command. Instead, it applies every day to everything.

Applications:

What limits have I placed on my thankfulness that hinders my obedience to this command?

What situations, circumstances or matters cloud my thankfulness?

How would boundless thankfulness change my personality, behavior, words and expressions? What would change?

The Takeaway:

Believers can experience and practice boundless thankfulness.

Kevin Parker is editor of the Baptist New Mexican news journal and GoBNM.com, news and information outlets for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico.

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