Out of the Abundance

Submitted by Evermore on Tue, 12/15/2020 - 8:44am

We celebrated Thanksgiving last week and Black Friday pushes us right in to the Christmas Season. That doesn’t mean we quit being thankful. Throughout the Bible, we’re encouraged to always be thankful.

The Apostle Paul was giving exhortation for sensible, spiritual living to the Thessalonians. The Thessalonian’s were facing difficulty. It was not a good time in Thessalonica. Taking that into consideration, Paul encouraged them to rejoice, pray, and give thanks. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says to give thanks in all circumstances…………. For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

The will of God for you is that you give thanks in all circumstances.

The will of God for you, is that you give thanks in all circumstances.

Give thanks for what you may ask? Maybe that your pet rock didn’t run away. I don’t feel overly thankful lately until I pause and quit thinking selfishly. (inwardly)

Why is it when life is difficult that we focus on our difficulties, problems and all of the bad things going on? 

Luke 6:43-45 (TLB) 43 “A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 44 A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes. 

  • Orange trees can’t produce apples.
  • Dissatisfied people can’t produce thankfulness.
  • Thankful people can’t produce unappreciation

Jesus and Paul are talking about a spiritual depth, not our typical surface “thank you”. 

Jesus goes on to say in Luke;

45 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.

Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.  It’s not dependent on what circumstances are. What’s in abundance deep inside comes to the surface.

Thanksgiving Day has come and gone. The Christmas season is in full swing. The question isn’t what are you thankful for, but what is deep inside? Are you a thankful person?

The will of God for you, is that you give thanks in all circumstances.