Now that the Thanksgiving Holiday is behind us, people are rushing out to spend a great deal of time and a lot of hard earned money for the alluring articles which purport to measure the quality of life, particularly in the western world. Rushing and scrambling for the goods of this life after the day of thanksgiving characterizes a world unwilling to follow Jesus, yet, how will Christians conduct themselves the morning after.
Watching people flood the stores as soon as that last piece of turkey was finished started me thinking how consumed we are in this country with acquiring things. Nevertheless, the Christian life, in most respects, ought to be counter to this culture of consumption.
Remember how Jesus set out the conditions for those who would follow Him, declaring, in Luke 9:23, ” And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me”. In spite of this, Christians have perverted the right ways of our Lord on the morning after attempting to satisfy ourselves.
Moreover, we are cautioned in Luke 9:25, “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed”. Each year we gather the world’s goods to ourselves, which, after time, fade or are destroyed. Will we loose our identity as the people of God along with those things that are eventually lost to us?
Jesus asserted, in Matthew 6:25-34, that we should not be anxious concerning things such as food and clothes. Our prayer is that on the morning after Christians would be conspicuously consumed with Christ