For Christians, Thanksgiving should not be a day, but a way of life.
It just so happens I’m currently leading a study on the book of Colossians. In it, we find this:
“Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:6-7)
Paul makes it clear in this passage that those who have received Christ will respond with “overflowing thankfulness” on a continuous basis. Thankfulness here is a very specific word, and it conveys much more than a general sense of gratitude. The word Paul chose was euxáristos, which literally means – “the giving of thanks for God’s grace.”
Think about that for a moment…as the truth of the gospel takes root, and we build our entire life on Christ, taking Him with us everywhere we go, one of the obvious results is an outpouring of thanks for God’s grace. I say obvious, because overflowing pictures a river that has gone out of its banks; it’s above and beyond what can be contained.
You see, when we recognize that Christ is with us everywhere we go, that He has seen every action we’ve taken, He’s heard every word we’ve ever spoken, He’s perceived our every thought…and YET, He is willing to stand beside us and present us as holy and without any accusers before His Father – then Thanks be to God for His amazing grace indeed!
This Thanksgiving, take a moment to thank Him for His grace – then let that attitude overflow on a daily basis. –Dave
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