Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:16-17
True Believers really have SO MUCH to be THANKFUL for. And I think that is why the Apostle Paul wrote three consecutive times for the Believers in Colossae to “BE THANKFUL!” The first time is at the end of verse fifteen, he said, “And be thankful.” Then in verse sixteen, he tells them to; “Let the Word of Christ DWELL in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in ALL wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with THANKFULNESS in your HEARTS to God.” The Word of God is to DWELL or LIVE in the TRUE BELIEVER, which is done through STUDYING, MEDITATING and APPLYING the Word. Then through this process, the Word becomes a PERMANENT part of the BELIEVER’S LIFE. And there is GRATIFICATION in LIVING according to God’s Word and KNOWING and being OBEDIENT to His Will. All of which should be carried out with a THANKFUL HEART.
In verse sixteen, Paul tell the Believers, that WHATEVER they do, in WORD or DEED, to do EVERYTHING in the NAME of the LORD JESUS, GIVING THANKS to GOD the FATHER through Him. For the TRUE BELIEVER, BEING THANKFUL is pretty easy, especially KNOWING that we are God’s Children, with an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with all its BLESSINGS. And having the ASSURANCE that He is ALWAYS with us, in the BAD as well as the GOOD times. He will see us through until we GO HOME to be with Him FOREVER. Do you have that ASSURANCE? Can you BE THANKFUL about where you will spend your ETERNITY?
If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, you are NOT His Child, nor do you have HEAVEN as your ETERNAL HOME. How can you BE THANKFUL, when you are headed for an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE? However, you can CHANGE your DESTINY by: WILLINGLY TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURNING TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART. CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS. BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God. Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and REALLY have something to BE THANKFUL for. Do this NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!