Summary: Colossians 2:6-7 gives us a reason to be grateful for what Christ has done and continues to do. This should happen from: 1) A Thankful Walk (Colossians 2:6), 2) A Thankful Faith (Colossians 2:7a), 3) A Thankful Gratitude (Colossians 2:7b)
According to a new book by a Vancouver nutritionist, Sarah Holvick, you aren’t just what you eat. According to Ms. Holvick, the mind/body connection is more significant than recent science has allowed. The most current thinking indicates that a smile is more than your umbrella; it’s your amulet against disease. Sarah says that “wherever the intangible mind goes, the body follows in a quantifiable, physical sense.” How quantifiable? Apparently, there is a significant correlation between serum antioxidants status and optimism. The higher your level of antioxidants in your blood, the lower the incidence of inflammation and, therefore, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis, and cancer. How does one get more of these invaluable serum antioxidants into the blood stream? Well, it’s simpler than you’d expect. You can significantly improve your health simply by being positive. In fact, Sarah says that eating an irreproachable diet is almost pointless if you’re living a miserable, stressed life. Your body can’t really recognize where the problem is coming from; it just reacts to any perceived threat. It does that by mounting an inflammatory response. Given that inflammation is the hideous thing lurking behind most health issues, doing what you can to avoid any causative factors is key. She concludes stating that: “Simple gratitude just might be as important to your health as turmeric and jogging and free-range, organic turkey. (http://life.nationalpost.com/2013/10/12/jane-macdougall-does-gratitude-make-up-for-gorging/)
In Colossians, the Apostle Paul showed how Genuine Gratitude is the opposite of spiritual pride. The Christian life is the experience of God’s grace from beginning to end (cf.1:6). Other kinds of human growth, development and achievement easily lead to self-satisfaction, self-importance, or superiority. Walking in Christ Jesus the Lord, being built in him, being established in the faith leads to thankfulness (Woodhouse, J. (2011). Colossians and Philemon: So Walk in Him (p. 114). Ross-shire, Great Britain: Christian Focus.)
What is the basis of our gratitude and thanksgiving? Do we enjoy what we enjoy because we worked hard, live in a good country, have help from those around us or are just lucky?
Colossians 2:6-7 gives us a reason to be grateful for what Christ has done and continues to do. This should happen from: 1) A Thankful Walk (Colossians 2:6), 2) A Thankful Faith (Colossians 2:7a), 3) A Thankful Gratitude (Colossians 2:7b)
1) A Thankful Walk (Colossians 2:6)
Colossians 2:6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, (ESV)
Paul had already alluded to his fears for the Colossians—the danger of them being deluded by baseless arguments used by plausible religious salesmen (2:4). Now he prepares to confront the danger head-on, beginning with a positive statement of his objective (Dunn, J. D. G. (1996). The Epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon: a commentary on the Greek text (p. 138). Grand Rapids, MI; Carlisle: William B. Eerdmans Publishing; Paternoster Press.).