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Watering the Tulips

November 26, 2014

 

“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving…” – Colossians 4:2

 

Tomorrow we celebrate Thanksgiving here in America. Though our society celebrates the god of self for 364 days a year, somehow we are supposed to completely change our mindset on the last Thursday in November each year. I don’t mean to put a damper on a good holiday. However, we truly need a wakeup call. May this be the very year…the very day that happens.

 

Just before penning the words in our text verse, Paul was inspired to write, “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousnesswhich is idolatry (Colossians 3:5). Now certainly, this verse describes our present evil society. But let it be known that we are ALL guilty of the sins of this verse. We must daily fight against these sins of the flesh. But that last one…covetousness; it doesn’t seem like a big deal to us. However, the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to say it is idolatry. Convicting to say the least when tomorrow we are supposed to give thanks for all that God has given us.

 

What of wants and desires? Certainly, nobody is suggesting that God doesn’t often bless us above and beyond what we desire. In fact, the breath of life is more than we (as sinners) deserve. But there is an unhealthy desire for earthly wealth. Paul told Timothy, “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition” (1 Timothy 6:7-9). Content? In America? It seems Paul knew nothing of our society. Worst of all, he certainly knew nothing of the prosperity “gospel” of today which makes Jesus nothing more than a means to riches. Of course, what other kind of religion do we expect to result from such a covetous society?

 

How about this – how about instead of tomorrow being one day that we suffer through to give thanks…how about if tomorrow is the first day of a new attitude? How about if we begin tomorrow as the first day that we learn to be more content? How about if we learn to be thankful every day for the gifts that God has given? How about if tomorrow we learn to be thankful for salvation in Jesus Christ above all? How about tomorrow we begin to learn to mortify the deeds of the flesh and feed the spiritual man? How about it?

 

Will such an attitude make you an outcast in society? Perhaps…probably! Will such an attitude produce a major change in your goals and ambitions in this life? There’s certainly no doubt there. It would be good to remember that we will not receive rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ based on our worldly success here on Earth. Rewards there rest in our service to Him. Is that our concern? It should be!

 

Child of God, don’t allow this Thanksgiving to pass by like all of those have passed by before. Make this one different. Set your goals higher from here on out. Tomorrow begins a new day…a new attitude…a new focus! Tomorrow, we, as believers, begin a life full of more daily thanksgiving to God. Tomorrow, we hope to cease covetous attitudes which fuel our modern society and put on good works for Jesus Christ. Are you willing?

 

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