“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.” (Colossians 2:6-7, NASB) I love that phrase, “overflowing with gratitude.” What a lovely image! As God fills up the cup of our lives with blessing after blessing, the natural result should be a life that overflows with thanksgiving.
Oh, how the Lord has blessed us! When I think about the gifts God has graciously poured out, I think of the blessings of family. I think of the blessings of having a warm place to live, and more than enough food to eat. I think of the church, the spiritual family of God, in which we can find love and encouragement from one another. And most of all, I think about what God has done for us through His Son. I think about the forgiveness we have, the grace that He has lavished upon us, and the eternal home that He has prepared for us. In all of this, how could we not overflow with gratitude?
Of course, to overflow with gratitude is to overflow with feelings of thankfulness, but it is more than that. It is also to express our thankfulness to our loving Father. When is the last time you have approached God simply to pour out your heart in thankfulness to Him? Heartfelt thanksgiving is a form of worship that touches God’s heart! I encourage you to do this in your private prayers, and I encourage you in the coming week, as you gather with your family for Thanksgiving, to pause and offer thanks together for all the blessings He has given.
— Scott Colvin