Text: Colossians 3.15-17
The practice of giving thanks … eucharisteo … this is the way we practice the presence of God, stay present to His presence, and it is always a practice of the eyes. We don’t have to change what we see. Only the way we see. ~ Ann Voskamp
In Colossians 3.15-17, giving thanks (gratitude) to God is mentioned three times. Part of our new identity in Christ is worshiping God with thankful hearts. Thankfulness isn’t just good manners; it should be a habit rooted in a deep experience and awareness of who God is and what he’s done for us.
We’re also “to live a life worthy of the calling you have received” (Ephesians 4.1-3), shown in the way we live with others and worship God. Our new identity means we have new eyes, new ears, and new thoughts coinciding with those of God. Thankfulness releases the Holy Spirit, who dwells in us, to fine tune our new identity.
Today, memorize Colossians 3.17 to remind yourself that in Christ, you are a “new you” with a new identity, choices, habits, and a heart of thankfulness. Praise and thank him for his glorious work in you!!