Abounding In Thankfulness

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.

All who received Christ Jesus as Lord, received him by faith. We are called here to walk in the Lordship of Christ by faith, with roots planted down, and a structure growing upward. We are to continue in the teaching and the doctrine of Christ, and abound in thankfulness.

When we become a Christian, we are receiving Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We are trusting that he has paid the debt we owe to God for our sin. We gain a righteous standing in God’s courtroom, and are also gifted with the Holy Spirit, who sets up his home in our heart and chisels us to be more and more like Jesus every day.

The verse calls you and me to abound in thankfulness. It seems quite impossible to abound in thankfulness if we know there is a judgement day ahead of us; a day coming where we will be found guilty for breaking God’s law. Our conscience is a continual reminder we are not holy, perfect, and just. But if we know at the judgement day our debt has been already been paid by Jesus at Calvary; it gives us a new perspective on life today. It enables us to begin abounding in thankfulness to Jesus for what he has done on our behalf. To abound means to be excessive. If there was a fixed number of thankful words you could speak throughout the day. The word abound would be the number of words leftover you would carry over to the next day. To abound is to exceed a fixed number.

May the Lord cause you to abound in thankfulness as you remember Calvary today.

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