This week as we draw nearer to Thanksgiving, I wanted to focus my thoughts on being thankful. It is a state of mind and being that pours out of us because of who we are in Christ and what He did for us on the cross. In Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he wrote, “ And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7 NLT
Look at the key steps Paul gives in these verses that result in thankfulness. 1- You accepted Jesus as your Savior, 2-You are committed to following Him, 3- You are growing in the knowledge of who He is and what purposes He has for your life 4- You are striving to live for Him and build your life on Him, 5- Your faith is growing and you are learning more and more about His truth. All of these steps lead to *** overflowing thankfulness in your life! The result of having Jesus in our lives will be thankfulness. If you are not experiencing thankfulness- at which step above are you faltering? Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Are you committed to Him or is your faith just a Sunday thing? Are you taking time to get to know Him-through Bible Study, prayer and fellowship with other Christians? Are you trying to apply God’s truths to your life by letting the power of the Holy Spirit work in and through you? Jesus knew commitment was hard and spoke of our need to be single minded and focused on His kingdom in Matthew 6:20-21. “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers] will be also.” AMP
What does your heart reveal? When you look inside yourself, do you see thankfulness? If not, turn to Jesus today and get back on the thankfulness track. It is never to late to step back into the steps Paul outlines and head towards overflowing thankfulness!
Blessings of thanks,