• Bishop Keith Butler

Thanksgiving and Joy

Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. (Colossians 1:12)

Many Christians fail to understand the importance and power of thanksgiving and joy.

Our joy derives from our gratitude. When we are thankful and praise God, we can see our current circumstances in the proper perspective.

Paul told us the reason for our thanksgiving should rise from the fact that God made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints. The word made implies that we were not qualified originally. When we were born into this earth, we inherited a sin nature from Adam, the father of the human race. Since we inherited a sinful nature, our destiny was death. The first part of Romans 6:23 tells us: “For the wages of sin is death.” Death isn't just physical; it can also be emotional, relational, and financial. Emotional death can be defined as lasting depression or anxiety. The Good News is found in the second part of Romans 6:23: “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” When we were born again, we got a new life and a new inheritance.

Inheritance speaks of relationship. Jesus didn’t just make a transaction; He established a relationship. Through a relationship with Him, we are translated out of the kingdom of darkness and into the Kingdom of Light. The word light in the Greek is more appropriately translated fire. A part of our inheritance in Christ is a relationship with the Holy Ghost.

No wonder that Paul said he gave thanks with joy. One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is joy. Numerous times in the book of Acts, we read that when people received the Holy Spirit, they also received joy. Joy is a part of our inheritance as children of God.

Practical Application – Take time to thank God and laugh today. Allow your thanksgiving to spill over to joy as you remind yourself that you have a relationship with God that includes an inheritance of joy.

Isaiah 51:3; 1 Thessalonians 5:18



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