Thank You, Lord, Forever

By Samuel Geroy

    Learning to thank God will prepare us for eternity. Thanking the Lord will be one of the main tasks there. We better learn this grace as quickly as possible because eternity is getting nearer faster than we expect.

    But why is it so important to thank God that it is one of our main tasks forever? In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says that it is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus, therefore it must be the best thing for us to do in all circumstances. This act of obedience shows our reverence for Christ also, according to Ephesians 5:20. If so, it is such a beautiful thing to abound in as we are taught in Colossians 2:7. This will result in the peace of God reigning in our hearts no matter what happens around us, so says Colossians 2:7. Therefore, we believers should always be watchful in prayer with thanksgiving because this is the proper way to conduct ourselves in this life, Colossians 4:2,5.

    So then, what are we to thank God for? It is basic that we thank God for His design of our lives as Psalm 26:7 states. Cain insisted to follow his own design for his life by giving God the first fruits of his labor in Genesis 4. But his brother Abel’s offering was a lamb sacrifice that God required. His offering was accepted while Cain’s was rejected. Because of this Cain got angry with his brother and slew him. God was pleased with Abel because of his obedience and humility so that his life speaks to us even today. This is equivalent to our believing in God’s way of salvation through Jesus Christ today.

    The next way to thank God is by giving the Lord’s tithes and our offerings (Proverbs 3:9-10). Here God gives the promise of blessing in return. Ten lepers were healed by the Lord Jesus in Luke 17:11-19, but only one returned to thank Him. Because this Samaritan recognized his debt of love, the Lord said that he was not only healed from leprosy, but was also made whole in his soul. Another way of thanking God is by multiplying the ministry of those who have given to us. Aristarchus of Thessalonica did this by leaving a life of ease and joining the apostle Paul during his third missionary journey in order to contribute in missionary work. He was even imprisoned with him (Colossians 4:10, Philemon 24, Acts 20:4, 27:2). Though difficult, Aristarchus helped multiply Paul’s ministry by joining his labors. God also wants us believers to find and fulfill our place of service.

    One more way to thank God is by our accepting difficulties as part of God’s provision for our lives, Hebrews 12:15,16. The discipline of adversity comes as we mature in the Lord. This way God teaches us to mount up with wings as eagles (Isaiah 40:31) and learning to run in this world of difficulties yet not becoming weary. And if we can’t run anymore, we can still continue by walking and not fainting.

    Completing these four phases of thankfulness makes us mature in Christ and ready for eternal service someday.