Ephesians 5 Lesson

Giving thanks to God

So far in our study of Ephesians, we have looked at:

  1. God’s amazing grace (Chapter 1).
  2. How God loves us, even when we are lost (Chapter 2).
  3. The unfathomable riches of Christ (Chapter 3).
  4. How we show God that we love Him (Chapter 4).

Today in Chapter 5, we are going to look at the importance of thanking God. 

The above summary outlines some great reasons to be thankful to God. But there are many more!

When we think about God’s grace, it should be easy to be thankful.

When we think about God’s love for us, it should be easy to be thankful.

When we think about the unfathomable riches of Christ, it should be easy to be thankful.

However, just because it SHOULD be easy for us to be thankful, that does not mean that we always give thanks to God the way we should.

Consider the story of Jesus healing the ten lepers found in Luke 17:

“While He was on the way to Jerusalem, He was passing between Samaria and Galilee. As He entered a village, ten leprous men who stood at a distance met Him; and they raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When He saw them, He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they were going, they were cleansed. Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine—where are they? Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?”  And He said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has made you well.” – Luke 17:11-19.

In this passage recorded by Luke, there were ten lepers that cried out to Jesus, “Have mercy on us!”

Jesus did have mercy on them. In fact, He healed all ten! You would think that being cured of a horrible disease such as leprosy would elicit ten responses of thankfulness.

But that did not happen. Of the ten lepers that were healed, only one gave thanks.

90% of those that were healed from their disease did not even take the time to say thank you.

Can you imagine how that must have felt to Jesus?  Jesus was constantly giving thanks to His Father. Here are a few examples:

  • “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.” -Mathew 11:25.

  • “Jesus then took the loaves, and having given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted.” - John 6:11.

  • And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.”  And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” - Luke 22:17-19.

Clearly, we want to be like Jesus and not the lepers when it comes to giving thanks to God.

The more we practice giving thanks, the better we will become of it. All that we need to do is pause for a moment and think about something that God has blessed us with and say thank you.

One final thought. Most of us are not bashful or shy about asking for God’s help. Shouldn’t we spend at least the same amount of time thanking Him for the blessings that we already have?

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.


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What are you thankful for?

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What are you thankful for?

Dan Wheeler

I am thankful for the lessons that the pandemic are teaching us about patience, hope in Christ and trusting in the promises of God.

Sara Robey
Dan Wheeler

Agree Dan. God to see you here!