Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from Philippians 1-4.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” Philippians 4:4, ESV
In a culture of selfies, social media, and self image we have to work extremely hard to have a thankful heart. Paul exhibits a thankful heart in his letter to the church at Philippi. This letter overflows with joy and thanksgiving. Paul specifically wrote this letter to thank the Philippians for a gift that they had sent him. He also reported some joyful news that Epaphroditus, who brought the gift to Paul, had healed up from his illness. He expressed joy that people were hearing the gospel, even in prison.
It’s clear that Paul received great joy from the Philippians, from Timothy, and from Epaphroditus. It’s even clearer that his joy was found in Jesus Christ. When our joy is found in Christ we can live with a thankful heart, even in spite of our circumstances. What is the result of a thankful heart? Peace. Peace is the result of gratitude. So, rejoice in the Lord always.
- Make a list of 5 things that you are thankful for. Thank the Lord for these things.
- Ask the Lord to mold your heart to be thankful no matter the circumstance. Be intentional about looking for things to be thankful for today.
Tomorrow’s Deeply Rooted Devotion will be from Hebrews 1-2.