Never A Bad Time To Be Thankful Colossians 1:3-8
Sermon 2 of 14
Modern Americans seldom pause to give thanks for the simple blessings of life even though most of us have more than we could ever give thanks for right now. One reason is that we're used to having so much. We falsely assume that we'll have all the good stuff all the time.
We also have a tendency to focus on the wrong thing, we focus on what we don't have instead of the blessings we do have.
So with that said, this morning we get to look at a text written by the Apostle Paul. Now in order to fully appreciate this passage we have to understand what was going on in the life of Paul at the time of this writing. Colossians is one of the letters written from a Roman Jail (4:10). So what we have here is a letter written by the Apostle in chains.
So why is that so significant? Great question. The reason it is significant is because Paul focuses on being thankful for the majority of chapter 1.
So right of the bat, before we even get a chance to dig into these verses we learn a much needed lesson for those of us who live in the land of plenty. You see, we learn that context doesn’t have to control attitude. We learn that you can be thankful regardless of where you find yourself. We learn that thankfulness can trump your environment. You see, we don’t have to live in bondage to the circumstances that life throws at us. We can actually be thankful as we stare in the face of those circumstances.