By Matthew Schultz
“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 (ESV).
With the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, our thoughts begin to turn to time with family and friends, good food, kids coming home from college, or the grandkids coming for a visit over the long weekend. In other words, we start to think about the things for which we are thankful.
There are so many things that we could put on our thankful list. And really, we should. They are all gifts from God. Gifts that he gives to us simply because he is good and gracious, and he loves us.
But there is one gift that we might take for granted. It’s not because we aren’t thankful for it. It’s more that it might just slip our minds as Christians. That gift is our faith.
When Paul wrote to the Colossian church, he made sure to bring the gift of faith to the forefront of their minds. I love the words that he uses: Rooted. Built up. Established. Abounding.
Being followers of Jesus in an ever-changing world is difficult. It seems like every day the rules change. It can be confusing as we try to navigate it all, but our faith in Jesus keeps us rooted. As men of God, we know for certain that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). While the world swirls with chaos around us (and let’s face it, some of that chaos can creep into our lives as well) we are rooted in the One who doesn’t change. His promise to be there for us, to watch over us, and to give us the final victory over all the craziness is ours to hold onto, to sink our roots deep into so that we can stand against whatever the world throws at us. I’m thankful to be rooted in Christ.
And built up. There are so many voices that would try to tear us down. Maybe it’s a boss who won’t get off your case. It could be a neighbor that is making it hard to “love your neighbor” with the things he or she says. Or it could be Satan’s voice weaseling its way into your mind, telling you that you aren’t good enough.
Through faith in Jesus, we are reminded of how valuable and loved we are, how worthy we are. God builds us up as men reminding us that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14 ESV). His voice, his Word to us builds us up and reminds us that no matter what anyone else says, God loves us. I am thankful for a faith that builds me up.
And this faith that we hold is established. God is from everlasting to everlasting and so are his promises to you in Jesus. Everything that God has promised you, all of the grace and goodness were established before time began. His promises are unshakable. I am thankful that I am established in my faith.
Which all leads to the best word of all. Abounding. Isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about? To celebrate the abounding goodness that God has shown us throughout the year? Abounding in the joy of knowing Jesus. Abounding in the peace that God has it all under his control. Abounding in the comfort of knowing that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Abounding in it. Our faith.
“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” (1 Chronicles 16:34 ESV). Give thanks for the faith that God has worked in you!