The attitude of gratiitude

As you read the Bible, you can often pick up the writer’s train of thought and, once on that wavelength, you begin to see lots of connections you might otherwise miss. Take the passage on the front of this month’s mag. for instance. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts …. and be thankful.

Chapter 3 of Colossians is headed: “Rules for holy living.” and sets out spiritual realities and principles that should be the foundation of our thinking, our attitudes and our behaviour. All these things are woven together to form a pattern of holy living which sometimes gets horribly practical and too close to home for everyone. As the chapter comes to an end, one little ingredient in the mix can so easily be overlooked. It’s as if Paul is saying, if you want the peace of Christ to rule in your heart over the difficulties and problems that surround you… if you want the Word of Christ to be fulfilled in your and your church’s life… and you want your words and actions to count for something in Christ’s kingdom… be thankful, be grateful and give thanks!

When you gave my Gran a cup of tea, she’d say: “Sure of this one. Thanks for the next.” which reminds us that there can be an element of expectation in thanksgiving which anticipates the promise of God, but its more common use can also make everyday life look so very different. “Count your blessings name them one by one and you’ll be amazed at what the Lord has done.”

Yours in Jesus’ name,

Steve Rowley