Ephesians 5:20, “Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”
To have all earthly gifts, pleasures, and benefits without also knowing the heavenly Giver and our Creator is a tragedy of eternal proportions! The riches of God have been made available to everyone, yet most of us shrink back from receiving all that God eagerly wishes to place in our hands. The riches of God cannot help us until we open the door of our hearts to His free gift of salvation. This salvation was purchased for us through the blood of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. My friend, to know Him is the heart and core of all true blessedness. All thankful praise must arise from hearts that can exclaim, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15).
The story of a young man living in Germany lay on an operating table. The skilled surgeon who was to perform the operation on this young man stood next to him and a group of his students were nearby. The surgeon said to the patient, “If you wish to say anything before we administer the anesthetic, now is your opportunity, for I must warn you that they will be the last words you will ever utter in this world.” The young man understood, for his tongue was to be removed because of cancer. What words should he choose for such an occasion? After a long pause he said, “Thank God for Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior!” Would we be able to say the same as this young man?
As believers, we are truly wealthy because of the riches and grace that are ours in Christ Jesus. We have been chosen, redeemed, justified, united with God, and made citizens of heaven. Oh, but there is so much more to include on our list. Psalm 107:21, “Oh that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works” and Psalm 68:19 puts it this way, “Blessed be the LORD, who daily loads us with benefits.”
(1) When we think we are too tired to go on, Jesus says, “I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
(2) When we think no one cares, Jesus says He loves us (John 15:12-13).
(3) When we can’t figure things out, God says He will guide us (Psalm 48:14).
(4) When we need forgiveness, God says He will forgive us if we confess our sins (1 John 1:9).
(5) We also have the righteousness of God that endures forever (Psalm 112:9).
(6) It is untouched and unharmed by time and circumstances.
(7) Nothing that happens in this world can take it away.
(8) It endures when life has stripped us of every other possession.
This righteousness is ours as we draw near to God through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 1:17; 3:21-26). He is our rock and our salvation and the only source of true and lasting happiness. Psalm 112:1 says, “Blessed [happy] is the man who fears the LORD, who delights greatly in His commandments.” My brethren, delight in the Lord and in His Eternal Word, and you’ll find true happiness. Remember that “the joy of the LORD is [our] strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). We can also take comfort in the teachings of Jesus, who in John 15:11 said, “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” My friend, these are only a few of the riches we possess in Christ Jesus, which will never be exhausted.
To appreciate the many gifts of God, we must first thank Him for His greatest gift of all, His Son Jesus Christ.