We Give Thanks to God
October 13, 2013
Picture Charlie Brown sitting at a desk and writing. In the second panel he utters the single word, “Rats,” and crumples up the paper. It joins a large pile of crumpled up pieces of paper in the third panel. And in the final panel he says, “I hate writing thank you notes for Christmas toys that are already broken.”
It can be hard to be grateful.
And it can also be hard to be grateful for the right reasons. Poor Charlie Brown thought the primary reason for gratitude was what he received instead of for the person who gave him the gift. And as we come this morning to express gratitude for the completion of the ministry building we want to be grateful to the right person for the right reason.
As I’ve been thinking about this morning for the past few weeks, I keep coming back to similar themes — ideas that are contained in this passage: I am grateful for the provision of this building. But even more specifically, I am grateful to God for the provision of this building through your generous labors. And even more than that, I am grateful to God for the spiritual fruitfulness and ministry that is being worked in and through you.
It is this kind of gratitude that is expressed so clearly by Paul in his opening address to the Colossians (1:3-8). The things that drove his gratitude to God for the Colossians are the things that drive my gratitude and love for you all also.
God has designed and prepared us for maturity in Him. When that is produced, it results in great joy and gratitude for those who see it. So this morning, be grateful to God for the provision of this facility, but even more, be grateful for the work of His grace in us which is producing spiritual fruit.
Be grateful in everything. But be most grateful for God’s work to make us spiritually mature.