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1 Corinthians 10:31“...whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
Ephesians 5:20 “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”
A person certainly has many things to thank God for; if we were to write a specific list, it would take us a while. However, many live their lives without considering the one that gave them life, let alone desiring to thank Him. They are too busy living life to the max; too busy planning their lifestyle without God in it.
This is sad; but what really grieves God’s heart is when His own people are not appreciative of Him. They are always complaining, murmuring for more, never happy. It can be something as simple as the weather.
In Ephesians 3:20, God gives some commands. Firstly, to give thanks; secondly, always; thirdly for all things; fourthly unto God and the Father, and lastly, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1. Giving thanks
To live all to the glory of God is to give Him thanks. Giving thanks to God is to appreciate Him; to be grateful for all that has done. The opposite is also true; if you do not make it a habit to thank God then you may well be an unthankful person that seeks self- glorification.
Giving thanks to God is not based on how we feel or how well things are going. Christians are to give thanks in the good times as well as the hard times. True peace is found when you make time to give thanks to God even in the tough times. To live all to the glory of God is to give Him thanks at all times.
3. For all things
All things include the things that perhaps go wrong, or do not go the way we would desire them to. Joseph said these words, “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” ~ Genesis 50:20. To live all to the glory of God is to give Him thanks for all things.
4. Unto God and the Father
A Christian is to give thanks to God the Father. All things are given by Him. James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
5. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ has been given a name that is above every name, and it is in His name in which a Christian is to give thanks. Colossians 1:17-18 “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
vs.18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”