BY: ANDREW WHARTON
E-MAIL ADDRESS: Andrew@lifeassembly.com
BIBLE TEXT: Col 2:7-10 NLT: Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. 0 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Let me be the first to say it. I love looking forward to the “Holiday Season” and trust yours is spectacular this year. I like treating the week before Thanksgiving until the a few days after New Years day as one big “happy season.” I love the multiplicity of the season and their subsequent progression: Thanksgiving. Football. Shopping. Leftovers. Parties. Family. Christmas Lights. Fires. Christmas Communion. Snow (if we are lucky here in Tennessee). Christmas Eve. Christmas Day. Leftovers. New Stuff. Returns. Days Off. New Years Eve. New Years Day. Parades. Football. Leftovers. Back to Reality.
My catchy list above is more about traditions and reflections for me of the holiday season than some encompassing rubric I must adhere to. Shrouded in all the activities I have to remind myself of the assumptions: Christ, giving, and thankfulness. I cannot lose sight of these three in this beloved season. As I look ahead with anticipation, Thanksgiving is first for me. Colossians says it this way: “You will overflow with thanksgiving…. for in Christ lives all the fullness of God.” (Colossians 2:7-9). I want my season to be “Happy.” That happiness comes from Christ. My reflection this week will be that very thing. Though the physicalities may be rewarding to the emotions, my faith and life in Christ is what I am most thankful for.
Final thought… please don’t think I will not be thankful for those things of earthly possession whether physical or relational. Yet Christ is “the” relationship that I offer thanksgiving for. I trust I can do that better this “season.”
PERSONAL APPLICATION: In all I do for the next 40 days, I will think of and consciously put my relationship with Christ in perspective in all the activates of the “season.”
PRAYER: Lord, may I never lose sight of you in my business of life. May I always worship and be thankful for your grace, love and mercy that surround me.