When there is a lot of discussion in a group, and you are using a dated curriculum for Bible study, you can easily get off the schedule. A writer somewhere put the scripture verses and themes into nice, hour sized bits and arranged it so that when particular holidays come around, you can study something related to the holiday.
So Thanksgiving is approaching, but the Bible study topic is going to focus on Colossians 2. My usual approach, in a situation like this, is to continue with the systematic study of the scripture and ignore the holiday. But as I continued to study this morning, the thought of finding something in the text to relate to Thanksgiving kept persisting. Is it just a neuron pathway that I created by thinking about it so much?
And there it was.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6, NIV
I can make a long list of things to be thankful for. The church staff position which came as an answer to prayer, after long months of prayer seeking God’s will, compared to what I was doing last year at this time to earn a living, is enough to symbolically overflow my thanksgiving beyond any recent experience I have had. And of course, a roof over my head, a car that still runs, food, a wonderful wife, all of that, which sometimes sounds routine and mundane, are things for which I am extremely thankful. That won’t pass without notice this season.
However, just a couple verses down in the scripture text in Colossians is something that, as a former pastor of mine would say, should ring your clapper, and if it doesn’t your bell is broken.
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. Colossians 2:9, NIV
Think about that the next time you get stressed about denominational conventions or the results of an election a few weeks before Thanksgiving arrives.