November 24, 2013

Joyfully Giving Thanks to God

May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power,
and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience,
while joyfully giving thanks to the Father,
who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.     - Colossians 1:11-12

Paul understands that the church of his day, and I would add the church of our day, faces many challenges.  Paul prays that the church will be made strong, that it will be prepared to endure the challenges, while joyfully giving thanks to God.  And then Paul continues by reminding the church of what it has to be thankful for:

  • ·         God has enabled those in the church to share in the inheritance of the saints.
  • ·         God has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom.
  • ·         Through Jesus Christ, our sins are forgiven.