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. Col. 2:6-7
I was reading from Colossians 2 this morning and was struck by the end of these two verses. Here’s the order:
– Just as you accepted Jesus as your Lord
– Continued to follow him.
– Let your roots grow down deep.
– Let your lives be built on him.
– Then your faith will grow strong in the truth.
– And you will overflow with thankfulness?
It almost seemed too simple to me. Following, building on Christ, growing deep in Christ, a strong faith in truth, would all seem to culminate differently. Maybe the last line of this could be something like, “and you will have a supernatural boldness”, “or you will be given power”, or “you’ll be called to serve in mighty ways”, or something other big ending.
But instead, it’s simply reads, “and you will overflow with thankfulness.”
There is power in this one statement. And there really isn’t any substitute for it. Overflowing with thankfulness is a powerful outcome that we don’t see come from other sources. With almost anything else you can think of, there’s always a flip side. There’s always a wish for more. I’m thankful to have a place to live. But with the house comes many things I’m not thankful for – like cleaning, taxes, etc. I’m thankful to have a car to drive, but I’m not that thankful for trips to the shop and for the repair bills.
How do you overflow with thankfulness? Be rooted in Christ and build your life on Christ. Your faith will grow strong in the truth. And you will overflow with thankfulness.