Digging Deeper – November 19, 2018
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19
“And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers”
1 Thessalonians 2:13 ESV
THANKFUL FOR YOUR NAME
A medical missionary in India had found a way to heal people who were going blind. He said that once he’d done this operation on the local people they never said, “Thank you,” because that phrase was not in their dialect. Instead, they spoke a word that meant, “I will tell your name.” Wherever they went, they would tell the name of the missionary who had cured their blindness. They had received something so wonderful that they eagerly proclaimed it. (Jeff Strite)
When you and I give thanks we are “telling God’s Name.” We are telling God and others that we believe in a God who actively works in our lives. When Paul wrote to the church in Thessalonica, he was telling the church how thankful he was that they welcomed God’s word into their lives and that God’s word was making a difference.
Paul wrote, “we thank God constantly.” This week we are celebrating Thanksgiving. British Pastor Charles Spurgeon said, “Our American friends have one Thanksgiving Day in the year, but it was Thanksgiving Day all the year round with Paul and Silas and Timothy when they thought of the Thessalonians.” We are taking this week in Digging Deeper to discuss what it means to be thankful as followers of Christ. The medical missionary learned that “telling your name” was a way of being grateful. Which names of God are you most thankful for in this season of your life? Share at least one of those names with someone else today.