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“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.” Colossians 2:6,7
Matthew Henry the famous scholar and commentary writer was once confronted by thieves and robbed. In his diary he wrote: “Let me be thankful first, because I was never robbed before; second, because, although they took my purse, they did not take my life; third, because, although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed.”
What a heart of thankfulness that Mr. Henry shows here. Even in a bad situation he finds reasons to be thankful. I really like his fourth point!
The Apostle Paul encourages us in this passage as Christians to continue to “walk in him (Christ).” This walk is in Christ Jesus and it is a walk of faith. It is not just a walk in thankfulness, but “abounding” thankfulness! The Greek word for abounding means to overflow or to be over and above.
As Christians, we ought to be people who are abounding in thankfulness. We are not to be people who complain more than are thankful. We know that because Jesus has changed our hearts by the gospel, we can be thankful people.
Thankfulness is a discipline of speech that begins in the heart! It is a wonderful gift to use to bring joy to someone’s life. Thankfulness produces in us a humble heart, a trusting heart and a joyful heart!
We have much to be thankful for in our lives. Take time over these next couple of days and weeks and spend time thanking God for sending His Son Jesus to die on the cross for you. Then take time to thank the many people God has placed in your life!
Let us cultivate this discipline in our lives so that one day when something bad happens to us we can be like Matthew Henry and respond with thankfulness rather than the alternative!