Abounding In Thanksgiving
“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 ESV)
We are a forgetful people, and we need reminders.
Don’t forget what saved you. Don’t forget the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that has been extended to you. As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him.
As you came into relationship with Him…
- repentance and faith,
- humble gratitude that your sins could be forgiven,
- amazement of the mercies and grace of Jesus.
… So walk in him.
Let the beginning of your relationship with him shape your continued walk with him. Don’t venture away from how you began in Christ.
Walking in Christ as you have received Christ results in one who is rooted, built up, and established in the faith. This one abounds in thanksgiving. Gratitude is excessively present in this one’s life. As you move away from the wonder of the gospel you’ll also notice an absence of thankfulness. When thanksgiving is absent, this should serve as a warning sign that you are perhaps wandering from the good news of the gospel. When thanksgiving is absent, could it be that we are walking in something different than that which saved us? Could it be that we are cracking under the pressure of performance and distant from the grace of God?
When we know deep in our hearts that we are undeserving recipients of God’s free grace, then we will in turn abound in thanksgiving. There can be no other response. In Christ you are the recipient of God’s great grace, let us abound in thanksgiving!