One year ago, I felt the Lord challenge me to a ten day journey of giving thanks. I began each day with a Scripture and a reason that day to give thanks. During that time, I was deeply convicted about how much of my life I had taken for granted. Without realizing it I had begun to believe that some of my blessings were laws of entitlement. I truly believe God is at work in the earth and there is so much He is doing that we miss, because we fail to live in a sense of wonder and gratitude. So, my heart tells me that this journey of 50 days of gratitude can only serve to change our lives for the better if we are willing to embark on it. I am finding in my heart less ability to sit and listen to ingratitude when God is at work all around us. I am so thankful for His mercy in my life and I do not want to miss, not even one more opportunity to praise Him and thank Him because I have been navel gazing instead of Abba praising. I hope you will come with me on this 50 day pursuit to what might just become a lifetime journey of giving thanks.
They will not be long studies, but thoughts to share what the Word says, and an opportunity to share what God is saying to you through that same passage. Let’s walk together expecting gratitude for all God is doing to shift our lives into a dimension we have never known.
“As you have therefore received Christ, [even] Jesus the Lord, [so] walk (regulate your lives and conduct yourselves) in union with and conformity to Him. Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7 (Amplified)
We begin this passage with Paul reminding us of the most important thing in our lives. We have received Christ. There is nothing in your life that you have received that holds any higher value. Having received Him means something. It is more than just fire insurance. It is more than just being able to say, “I’m saved.” I have entered into a living relationship with Christ. This relationship transforms the way I live and function in this life. No relationship stops once you establish that there is one. Yet for many believers, all they see is the need to say some prayer to make sure that they are covered. It must break God’s heart. Relationships grow and develop from the place of initiation. Our relationship with Christ by the very nature that it is a living union continues to grow, if we conform our hearts to what He is asking of us.
The believer’s relationship with Christ will be healthy when we let our roots go deep and are firmly planted in Him, when we are continually being built up in Him, when we become more established in the faith, and when we overflow with thanksgiving.
Paul tells us to walk as a result of this relationship. Walking requires action. I can’t walk if I am laying down. I must get up and be active, even when I don’t feel like it. This says to me that although this life is a journey, I must move, step by step, day by day in conscious submission to the one I have received. When I do so, I can then sink my roots deeply into Him. I can build on the foundation laid at the core of this relationship. My faith in my God, my friend, my Hope, my Constant Companion, the Truth. Everything that comes from that union causes me to be established in Truth. Am I keeping that relationship the priority of my life? The more I experience Him and become aware of all that He is, my heart overflows with thanksgiving. Overflow is not something I have to muster up looking for a way to be thankful. It implies by the very nature of the word that it spills over, it can’t be contained.
The thankful heart is protected. It will not be easily led away from a genuine relationship with Christ. However, a discontented heart is the playground for the enemy and for false teachers. A discontented, grumbling heart will be prey for all who are willing to offer, “just what you’ve been missing.” Deception will be found by the ungrateful heart.
Paul is tells us throughout his epistles that a thankful heart is an indication of the health of ones relationship with Christ. As one who has been changed, because of Love calling my name, I want to live in an attitude of thankfulness for the many blessings I have received.
The one final thing that stands out to me in this passage is, Paul is saying that it is possible to live as one who overflows with thanksgiving in the midst of the journey, in the midst of the growth process, in the midst of the darkness and in the light. Am I willing to allow my heart to be worked on in order to become one who overflows with thanksgiving?
Today I am thankful for Jesus and His unwavering devotion to me. For His commitment to teaching me to pursue Him, to become rooted in Him, to build my life on Him, to be established in Him, and for Him to initiate in me a heart that desires to overflow with thanksgiving for all that He is, every day, every moment on this journey. I am thankful.