This is post #12 of a 16-session blog series entitled The Christ Collection: Putting on the Likeness of Jesus. Each and every day, you and I, as Christ followers, can pull out a few of these beauties and slip into something comfortable. Hand-crafted masterpieces made for this world, so when we wear them, we can go out on Christ’s behalf, shining brightly like the Son. Here’s the homepage for the entire series.
Today’s Lectio Divina: Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, remembering that as members of the same body you are called to live in harmony, and never forget to be thankful for what God has done for you. Let Christ’s teaching live in your hearts, making you rich in the true wisdom. Teach and help one another along the right road with your psalms and hymns and Christian songs, singing God’s praises with joyful hearts. Colossians 3: 15-16 (Phillips)
Sometimes, in this crazy-busy world we live in, we become so caught up in all the details of life that are yelling for our attention, we forget to be thankful for all those people, places, and things that are not!
In other words, at any given moment of our day, our glass can be both half-empty and/or half-full. And, quite honestly, it’s those who are able to appreciate the half-full glass who will not only make it through their day, but will also have the hope and determination to get up out of bed tomorrow, making the most of that half-empty glass that life has given them.
You see, while many of the Eight Holy Garments and Five Practical Accessories in the Christ Collection are true gifts from a loving God, thankfulness is one that is not.
Thankfulness isn’t a gift from God. It’s an attitude we must choose for ourselves.
That’s why Paul tells his friends in Colossae to “never forget to be thankful for what God has done for you.”
Because, quite sadly, you and I forget.
It’s not any more complicated than that.
We are forgetful people.
We’re sinners saved by grace, who many times forget that we didn’t get forgiven because of our good attempts at being good. We didn’t arrive at God’s doorstep, being adopted into His holy family because we had the right upbringing or royal heritage. We don’t get into heaven because we did a fairly decent job at behaving ourselves, living a less sinful life than the sucker down the street who cusses, kicks his dog, and goes out drinking on Saturday nights.
No. You and I are saved, redeemed, and chosen because Jesus of Nazareth came on our behalf, sent by a loving Father who simply couldn’t stand to see us throw away our lives, wasting all the good He had implanted within us. As His wayward children, God sent His precious Son Jesus to pay the redemption price needed in order to buy us back from a warrant for our arrest. You and I had no hope of making things right and while we were still stuck in a debt that far exceeded our self-worth, Jesus purchased all of us from the slave-owner, freeing us so we could live both this life and the life to come in total freedom.
Are you getting the picture yet?
You see, in past generations, others who have gone before us learned the fine art of thankfulness, an attitude of gratitude. Take King David, for example. Here’s a common man with lots of trouble in his life, but yet he learned how to say, “Thank You, God,” even putting some of his thankfulness to music. Look at this little ditty he wrote. We call it Psalm 9, verses 1-2:
I’m thanking You, God, from a full heart, I’m writing the book on Your wonders. I’m whistling, laughing, and jumping for joy; I’m singing Your song, High God. (MsgB)
So what about you and me today?
Where’s our song of thanks? Our party of praise? Our attitude of gratitude? Tell you what, I’ll start and you join in right behind me.
My Prayer: Thank You! Everything in me says “Thank You!” Angels listen as I sing my thanks. I kneel in worship facing Your holy temple and say it again: “Thank You!” Thank You for Your love, thank You for Your faithfulness. Most holy is Your name, most holy is Your Word. The moment I called out, You stepped in; You made my life large with strength. (Psalm 138: 1-3 MsgB) For Your glory and for Your name’s sake. Amen.
A Few Thoughts to Ponder: The Psalms are full of prayers of gratitude. Psalm 100: 4-5, for example, says…
Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name! For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations.
So, how am I entering into God’s gates today? What’s my inner attitude as I enter into His courts? Am I full of myself, consumed with my inward thoughts, chattering mindlessly to God about fixing my problems; or am I willing to lay all of that aside for a moment, and first and foremost, ask the Holy Spirit to give me a true attitude of gratitude?
So, what are you experiencing as we ponder upon Colossian’s Christ Collection?
We hope you’ll enjoy these 16 blogs that focus on the amazing garments and accessories God has hand-crafted for us so that as we wear them, we can better reflect the nature and likeness of Jesus of Nazareth. Here’s the homepage for the entire series.
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