"Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving." - Colossians 2:6-7
Thanksgiving is just 2 weeks away. It is the time of year we get together with our families and friends to forget about our hectic life for a couple hours to just be thankful for what we have. Mainly a big plate of turkey and stuffing sitting in front of us. A whole holiday centered on being thankful. Ironically, we are constantly surrounded by non-thankfulness. We complain about our jobs, our living conditions, our bodies and image (so many fitness magazines and style magazines) and so much more. Why can’t we just be thankful?
Paul tells us that as a Christian, we have all that we need to be thankful for. Being in a relationship with Jesus should eventually lead to abundant thanksgiving in our lives. Not constant complaining.
Paul, in this verse, describes three characteristics of the Christian walk that will lead to abundant thanksgiving: Being Rooted, Built up, and Established in our faith and relationship with Jesus.
These three characteristics of the Christian’s walk in Christ should lead to an abundance of thanksgiving. We shouldn’t need a day of the year to be thankful because we should have enough thankfulness to spread year round. Our thankfulness doesn’t come from our external circumstances, but from our personal relationship with Jesus.
So, forget about the 'red cup' (pretty ridiculous people are getting mad about this), or people writing 'x-mas' instead of Christmas. Let's stand for what we are for, not for what we are against. Let's not only be the example, but be a GOOD example to those around us. I can't wait to see you all this weekend!!