Colossians 2:6-7 states, “As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Our faith is rooted when we’re planted by the constant living water of God’s Word and prayer, providing us with stability and strength. But what does it mean to abound in thanksgiving? While it obviously means to be grateful, the word “abound” carries the connotation of action. “Abound” is the verb form of “abundant,” the adjective Jesus uses in John 10:10 to describe the thriving life he intends for us. To abound in thanksgiving is to purposely direct the overflow of our root system into other people’s lives. The only fruitful Christian is the one who abides with Jesus. We can’t abound unless we abide in Christ. When we do, he produces the fruit. We can reach out in a million and one ways. We hear him in his Word, we sense his Holy Spirit’s nudges, and we move. This is what it means to reach out. This is what it means to thrive.