Giving Thanks to God
We give thanks to the God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints; because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard in the word of the truth of the gospel. Colossians 1:3-5
Thank you. It’s one of the great prayers of all believers. Thank you is our confession at the beginning of each day and should be the final affirmation at the end of our day. Here in this verse, Paul falls to his knees and gives thanks to God. The One who is infinitely high, has become intimately near, so we can draw near to Him. Even more amazingly, Paul is giving thanks to people he’s never met.
Remember, this letter to the Colossians was written from prison by the hand of a man with a tender spirit and a consuming graciousness. It really is amazing grace that can keep you grateful, regardless of what life may throw at you. Listen to the words that jump from the pages of your Bible from this verse – thanks, praying, faith, love, hope, and gospel. It is apparent to me from these verses Paul had lots to be grateful for, and not because of where he was or what he had, because of what God had done in the lives of others.
We do not know exactly how the gospel first reached Colossae. At the time Paul wrote this letter, he had never met the believers there. It was the news spread by Epaphras which caused salvation to come to the city. Epaphras had been converted during Paul’s three years of ministry in Ephesus. The life and witness of Epaphras filled Paul’s heart with overwhelming gratitude.
Do you reflect often on those for whom you are grateful? How about your Bible teachers or friends who helped you through a difficult time in your life? How about your parents, or pastor for all they have taught you? When did you last tell a close friend thank you for always being there? Why not tell them today?
Dear Lord, let me never stop being thankful for You and the many believers around the world.