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Thanksgiving 2018

Colossians 2:6-7

6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Life ChangeIt feels like snow this morning – although none is called for in our area – at least nothing significant. I’m thinking of firing up the wood stove for some extra heat. I have some gospel music playing and I’m at my desk doing my devotions and writing this devotional thought. What does your Thanksgiving morning look like?

I stumbled onto this passage and it touched my heart.  Let’s look at it in partial context. Colossians 2:6-10 – 6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.  8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving today and head toward Advent and Christmas – the world will try to convince us that it is all about spending – spending – spending. They will try to convince us that if we don’t buy a certain gift for our children – we are less than adequate as parents. The world will try to convince us that we will be more attractive to the opposite sex if we wear certain things or buy certain things. For the world – Christmas is all about the almighty dollar. The retail stores are trying to compete with the online stores to get that almighty dollar from us.

When we ask children – what is so important about Christmas – many will respond – it is all about gifts and Santa Claus. I imagine we will see him in a number of Thanksgiving parades today. The world is tied to the almighty dollar.

But today’s passage reminds us that not only Christmas but all of life really finds its meaning in Jesus – rooted and built up in him.

We often quote verse 8See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. This section of scripture is so important – not just for sound doctrine but for the marching orders of life. Our life – as aliens on this earth – is to be focused on Jesus – rooted and grounded in Him. We are to build our holidays – our regular days – our whole life after His example and His teachings.

Remember this as Christmas rolls around this year. Remember these words of wisdom – DO NOT GO INTO DEBT FOR CHRISTMAS! Rather – focus your family on Jesus – rooted and built up in him.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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November 22, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology, Worship | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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