Paul wrote a letter to a body of believers who, because of what they had been taught or told, were placing other things alongside Christ in significance and priority. He was writing with a heart to bring Christ back to the center of their lives. Colossians 3 is entitled “Living As Those Who Are Alive In Christ.” In this passage Paul suggests that being thankful is very important to living like you are alive in Christ.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:15-17
It’s not easy to be thankful in all situations. But that is not all Paul highlights when describing what it looks like to live like you are alive in Christ. The life described in these verses and the number of things Paul suggests we would have to let go of or begin applying to our lives is daunting. Colossians 3:1-17
The thing to realize as you reflect on Paul’s instructions and begin feeling like a terrible human being is Paul didn’t want these people to try to live as though they were alive in Christ. He wanted them to actually be alive in Christ. This makes all the difference in the world.
Without Christ we will never be capable of living life to our fullest potential. With Christ, our best life is inevitable. When we are alive in Christ and focused on him, we will naturally walk away from sin and the fruits of the spirit will pour out of us – not by our efforts but by His. We need Him, and in Him we have everything.