First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world.
I started reading Romans again today in preparation for a Bible study I’m leading later this year. I am reading slowly, mining for gold nuggets that I can share with my students. We studied the person of Christ in the Gospel of John last year. Now that they know who Christ is, I want to move into Romans for purpose, application, and practical living advice. I felt called to Romans, and it was confirmed almost immediately by revelation from God.
In Romans 1 I was reminded again that God’s mission for me this year is thankfulness. He has blessed me much, and I need to focus on Him, the giver of all gifts and remember to be thankful and content. There are tons of Christian bloggers out there talking about thankfulness, and with good reason. Paul starts off one of his most profound letters by saying that he first thanks God. Clearly thankfulness is the most important thing I can do to keep my mind right and focused on God.
Thankfulness is key to keeping our hearts and minds healthy and focused on God. In verses 18-32, Paul indicates that those who fall away from God take four steps on their road to Hell. First, they stop honoring God (vs 21). Second, they do not give thanks to Him for all things (vs 21). Next, they start to worship the created instead of the Almighty Creator God (vs 25). Finally, by no longer acknowledging God, they seal their fate and God gives them up (vs 28) to their own evil minds. (Father, help me to always honor, thank, worship and acknowledge you!)
Romans 1 to me is a fantastic reminder to start each morning, and each prayer, thanking God for who He is, what He’s done, and all He’s provided. I can’t wait to see how this one small change will impact me now that i plan to be more purposeful in starting every day honoring, thanking, worshiping and acknowledging Him.
Father God, thank you for who you are. Thank you for sending your son to take my guilt and wash me clean. Thank you for allowing his perfection to reflect on me, making me appear holy before you. Thank you for all you have provided for my family and me. Your blessings really are new and wonderful every single morning. Help me love, honor and thank you appropriately every day, every hour. Change my heart, help me look for thanksgiving in every moment you have given me.