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July 2 – Thankful for our church

“We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you” – Colossians 1:3

Scripture reading: Colossians 1:3-8

A few commentaries note that too many pastors neglect to thank God for their congregation and Christ’s work in them. That may also be true for those in the congregation. Trouble hits, and it glares; we can easily be offended and distracted by the sin in the church, miss the mighty work of God the Father by the Son through the Holy Spirit. But Paul does not. The thanksgiving is not so much for what the Colossians have done or are doing, but from amazement at God’s work in the church’s growth in Asia Minor.

Let’s not miss that, beloved. Are we thankful for what Christ does in our church and the churches around us? Do we see the blessings of the preaching of the Gospel, the comfort of the sacrament of baptism and the strength and joy of celebrating communion together? Can we not see the gift of faith among us? Have we not stood by the hospital bed, at funerals, through broken relationships, loved ones walking away from the faith, betrayal and yet brought hope to one another and our community? Is that only a thing that was true in Colosse? There could be no faith in Colosse or our communities, unless the Holy Spirit sent believers into that community to live out of and share the good news. Yes, we have troubles and trials in the church, but don’t miss what God in Christ is doing in our churches and thank Him.

Suggestion for prayer

Consider whether you are thankful for your congregation. If not, or sometimes not, ask forgiveness. List the good things in your congregation, thank God for them, and ask for His continued blessings for your church.

Pastor Al Bezuyen is married to Sanya and has been blessed with six children and two grandchildren. He is a Mid-America Reformed Seminary graduate serving at the Zion United Reformed Church of Sheffield, Ontario. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. This devotional is made available by the Nearer To God Devotional team, who also make available in print, for purchase, at NTGDevotional.com.

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