2 For I want you to know how much I am struggling for you, and for those in Laodicea, and for all who have not seen me face to face. 2 I want their hearts to be encouraged and united in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ himself,[a] 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I am saying this so that no one may deceive you with plausible arguments.5 For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, and I rejoice to see your morale and the firmness of your faith in Christ.6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives[b] in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving
It’s the last phrase of this passage that caught me tonight: the life lived in Jesus, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, will be “abounding in thanksgiving.”
Makes me think again about how all the best stuff comes from the outside of us. See, if I wind up “abounding in thanksgiving,” that seems to assume that I have something to be thankful for… which in this context means grace. Thankfulness assumes someone has done something nice or good for me that I didn’t deserve. It’s grace. So I wonder what it would mean to abound in thanksgiving? I think for starters it means one is abounding in grace. Right in the midst of the flow of God’s grace…
Worth thinking about.