“So then, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, being rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing with gratitude.” –Colossians 2:6-7
Entitlement is such a selfish word. It is a painful word. Even with a quick online search you’ll find these negative descriptive words: “believing oneself to be inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment” and "pompous, entitled attitude.” Entitlement is the opposite of what the spirit of this season is. Instead, our thoughts and actions should overflow with thanksgiving and gratefulness.
Giving thanks, or gratitude, is at the heart of submission and servanthood. The heart of the grateful is acutely aware of how much one actually deserves! The heart of the grateful recognizes how powerless one is in this life. The heart of the grateful mirrors the Master who frequently “gave thanks.” (John 6:11; John 11:41; 1 Corinthians 11:24)
There is much that could be the focus of our gratitude: health, family, and financial blessing. I am thankful for my wife (25 years in 2019), my soon to graduate son and now driving daughter! I am very grateful for a loving church and incredible church staff. I am thankful for Dr. Kelly and others who have faithfully opened the Word as we gather. I am thankful for the Pastor Search Committee and their diligent work. I can tell you more…
But, even in light of all of that, there is nothing more important than the abiding and unwavering love experienced in our new life in Christ. The passage above reminds us that above all, our hearts are anchored in Christ Jesus–rooted and built up in Him and established in our faith–overflowing with gratitude!
“Lord, we are grateful that You have saved us from an eternity separated from You. We thank You that You live with us and through us by the power of Your Spirit every day. We pray that we would serve You with glad hearts aware of the freedom and riches You have poured out on us in Christ Jesus.”