Today’s bible study is Colossians 2:6-7: Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
As we follow the news and see acts of violence and heartbreaking sadness, we tend to feel anxious and frustrated. We watch the stock market daily, wondering if the value of our savings will depreciated again. Our emotions fluctuate like the VIX and, all too often, we feel desperate and have little to be thankful for. Too many have been victims of senseless violence. Terrorist attacks have threatened out churches and workplaces. Too many children are going to bed hungry and too many seniors are choosing between prescriptions and groceries. Under these distressing circumstances, this bible verse is especially important and appropriate.
Each of us, as Christians, has received Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. Most of us have been baptized, confirmed, and are members of a church. We know that we were, at least once upon a time, followers of Jesus. But, especially in the difficult times we are facing today, it is good to remind ourselves as often as necessary of this life-giving and sustaining truth. If we accept Christ, we are much like a tree. As our verse says, we are rooted in Jesus and can build our lives upon His word. Through our faith, we can find strength to go on, regardless how difficult the path. We can find ways to build, when everything seems to be torn asunder. We can plant our roots firmly and stand tall and brave, knowing that whatever happens, we have the most important gift of all. Jesus will not frighten us, harm us, foreclose on our homes or leave us hungry. He is a constant and unchanging source of strength, nourishment, and the qualities of Christianity that enrich our lives.
So, if we can live as we have been taught, relying on the love and strength of Jesus, we will find our lives overflowing with thankfulness. We may not be thankful that our finances are tight or our budgets have been slashed, yet we truly do have something to be thankful for. We will never be alone, desolate, hopeless or hungry. Perhaps now, more than ever, we need to set aside a few minutes each day to count our blessings rather than worrying about our problems. And, when we find something to be thankful for, we can give the praise and glory to Jesus. In each life, there is something that continues to shine with the light of faith, the warmth of love, and the promise of a new day. May we never forget this important message.
References: The People’s New Testament Commentary by M. Eugene Boring and Fred B. Craddock, The MacArthur Bible Commentary by John MacArthur and Concise Bible Commentary, David S. Dockery, General Editor. You might also like to read:
- Broad Brook Bible Study Examiner, Grace Dooley
- Atlanta Christian Living Examiner, Taylor Powell
- Atlanta Bible Study Examiner, Donna Sundblad
- Kentucky Bible Study Examiner, Timothy Edwards
- Daily Bible Guide
- Growing in Christ
- Bible Study Tools Online
- The Jesus Walk Bible Study Series