Giving Thanks Always Unto God
A Sermon on Ephesians 5:20
giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, (ESV)
One of the most important parts of prayer is thanksgiving, according to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Working from Ephesians 5:20, he says that how much of prayer that is spent in thanksgiving is one of the clearest gauges of spiritual maturity. For all who know God as Lord and Savior should live lives marked by continual Spirit filled praise for all that God has done in and through Jesus Christ. It is by God’s loving grace that we know him and are partakers of all the blessings of Christ Jesus our Savior. We have new life and hope only in Jesus, and we only come to know Christ through the grace of God in sending his Holy Spirit to us. As Dr. Lloyd-Jones elaborates, Christians can give thanks even for the hardships in life. This can be seen in Acts when Paul and Silas are beaten and thrown in prison but continue to sing praises to God. This is because it is God who sovereignly works in and through all things to bring about his purposes for us. So, no matter what trials and tribulations Christians are experiencing, and no matter how bad the circumstances are, they can always give thanks to the God who has delivered them from sin and who loves them and guards them through all of life.