June 21, 2018

Do You Give Thanks For Saints?

Paul wrote, “We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints” (Col. 1:3, 4). This is a beautiful sentiment and one worthy of duplication.

Sometimes we overlook the ones closest to us. We take them for granted. This is not only true with families, but also with brethren. We ought to thank God for the Christians in the church where we are a member. We should also thank Him for those in other places, as Paul did with the Colossians.

 The faith of others helps us. It may be they have a direct impact on our life as we come into contact with them. There are also those we will never meet, but nonetheless have helped us tremendously. Who helped teach and influence the elders or preacher where you worship? Who trained your spouse in the way of the Lord? Was it just his or her parents, or were there others involved including Bible class teachers—often women who are little noticed or praised, if at all.

 The point is, give thanks for the saints; locally and elsewhere. Give thanks for their impact on this dark and sinful world. Be thankful there were others who have and do help you; that encourage you to be steadfast in the faith.

— Steven F. Deaton | www.ImplantedWord.com