THANKSGIVING NEW TESTAMENT STYLE
Giving thanks “always” not just one day a year, and not for a list of specific things but rather “for everything.” This Thanksgiving Day I’m going to try instead of making a long list of things to be thankful for, to work on developing a conscious attitude of thankfulness in general, especially to God, “from whom all blessings flow.”
“…giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light” (Col 1:12).
And even if you do make a list of things to be thankful for, at the top of the list is the one greatest gift to be thankful for: Salvation in Christ.
"So, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him, rooted in him and built upon him and established in the faith as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving” (Col. 2:6-7).
And because of this gift of salvation in Christ we are encouraged to “abound” in thanksgiving. The verb “abound” is used to describe the scene of plenty after the miracle of the loaves and fishes when twelve baskets of scraps “remained over and above.” Imagine if our attitude of thanksgiving overflowed with such abundance!
And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col 3:17).
Here thanksgiving does in fact overflow, permeating our lives by becoming the motive for everything we say or do. That’s an interesting criterion to apply when judging my own actions: “How does this particular action reflect my gratitude to God for everything I’ve been given?”