Wednesday, November 21, 2018
As we continue our study of thanksgiving, let’s do a quick review.
First, we are to have a consistent attitude of thanksgiving that is grounded in the truth of our salvation in Jesus Christ.
Second, we are to naturally let our attitude of thanks to be expressed in the activity of our lives. The expression of thanksgiving begins with verbal gratitude for what God has already done when He saved from our sin through faith in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Today we look at another activity of thanksgiving: one that is motivated by what God is constantly doing in us every day.
Read this passage of Scripture from Colossians –
Colossians 2:6-7 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.
Here are four things God is doing in your life right now for which you can be actively thankful.
- You are walking through life by faith in Jesus Christ.
- You are rooted in Jesus Christ, firmly grounded in unbreakable relationship with Jesus Christ.
- You are growing to be like Jesus Christ.
- You are established in fellowship with Jesus Christ.
According to what the Apostle Paul wrote, the result of God’s ongoing work in our lives is this – we will abound in thanksgiving. The Greek word used by Paul that is translated “abounding” literally means to super-abound in quantity and quality.
Hmmm. I wonder if that’s ever been true of me? Has it ever been said of me that I super-abounded in thanks for anything? Have people had to tell me to stifle my positive attitude? Have I ever irritated anyone because I was so thankful during difficult circumstances? If they haven’t, then maybe there’s something wrong with my attitude.
If I truly believe that God is daily working in me to walk by faith not by sight, to become firmly grounded in my relationship with Jesus, to grow up to the measure of the stature of Jesus, and to be firmly established in fellowship with Jesus, then every circumstance of life is part of His work on my behalf. The result is that I am constantly thankful. I may even super-abound in thanksgiving.
It seems then that not abounding in thanksgiving is caused by a loss of confidence in God’s faithfulness to accomplish His work in our lives. But that may be too hard for us to admit, so we should just accept the reality that we won’t abound in thanksgiving because life is just too hard.
With the same joy and thanksgiving we experienced when we received Christ Jesus as Lord, let us continue to abound in thanksgiving every day, because God is at work, and His work is good.