“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” – 1 Thessalonians 2:13
The “this cause” is being witnesses, exhorting and comforting one another as a father, and walking worthy of God who calls us to His kingdom and glory.
We should thank God without ceasing. This alone is something that I know I struggle with. There are many times when I lose track of thankfulness and give in to the temptation to gripe, complain, murmur, and commiserate.
Why should we thank God without ceasing? Because we have the word of God. Because we receive is as truth (or at least, we should), not merely as the words of men. Because we who believe with our entire being that the word of God is filled with the preserved, inspired words of God know without the shadow of a doubt that God’s word works within us.
When we make the decision to accept God’s free gift of salvation, we change. Romans 12:2 says that we will be transformed by the renewing of our mind. 2 Peter 1:18-19 tells us that the disciples who heard the voice of God with their own ears “have also a more sure word of prophecy” – the word of God.
As of 2020, polls suggest that only 22% of American Christians believe their Bible is fully inspired by God. More than 25% believe it is a book written by men and is not at all the word of God. Fewer than 20% read their Bibles at any time other than Sundays in church. Less than 30% will ever read their Bibles from cover to cover.
This means that, statistically speaking, there are some who are reading this that have to dust off their Bibles when they crack them open on a Sunday morning.
If you want God’s effectual work in your life, then you need to read your Bible every day and thank God without ceasing that He gave us a more sure word of prophecy than even the disciples had.
I pray we stop taking our Bibles and our daily walk with Christ for granted. Today is always the best time to start!