This morning I was contemplating the fact that whenever I order a small item online, it is always delivered in a bigger box. I wondered why the company always wasted all of that packing paper and air bags with this larger container.
Then, I asked Daddy God about a spiritual lesson from this phenomenon, and His answer surprised me as usual. He pointed out the fact that a smaller package has a greater chance of getting lost or broken in the mailing process.
Putting it in a larger box with extra support and protection increases the item’s chances of a successful delivery. That is one reason that God includes His Saints in His Family. This provides us with the protection and fortification that we need in this scary world in which we live.
Then, He reminded me that He also put us in Jesus’ Body, His Bride, His Church, etc. These are all larger gatherings that give us security, compassion, nurture, direction, and safety. His abiding love planned this for us before the earth was created.
His Word admonishes us not to forsake the practice of assembling together as some people do, because we need each other for safety and protection (Hebrews 10:25). Only a few people do not take their church family for granted and are faithful to their ministries.
As His Saints, we enjoy our resurrected position in Christ. We are buried with Him in baptism and then raised with Him to walk in new life. We gradually learn to focus our heart on spiritual matters rather than on carnal ones (Colossians 3:1-2).
We cannot serve two masters; we must pick God or the world (Matthew 6:24). God calls us to no longer conform our philosophy of life according to the pattern and mold of this world. Instead, we allow God’s Spirit to transform us, and to renew our mind with the mind of Christ (Romans 12:2).
We are actually aliens and foreigners in this world, because our citizenship is in Heaven (Philippian 3:20). We adopt a whole new perspective and life course, because our mind is set on Biblical principles of what is noble, good, and holy (Deuteronomy 6:6-9).
Father God, Your Word shapes our thoughts, as well as our behavior at home, work and play. It influences our actions, our recreation and our daily priorities. Therefore, scheduling time to read and to meditate on Your scripture is of major significance in our plans. Each word nourishes our spirit and influences the health of our body and soul as well (Psalm 16:8).
Teach us to replace anxious thoughts and concerns with faith in Your faithfulness (Philippians 4:6). Remind us that this enables us to walk away from the carnal behavior that shrouds our life with a negative influence (Colossians 3:5-9). Help us to limit our involvement in the world through everything from music, movies and television shows, to places that we visit and the people with whom we spend our time. We want to bring glory to Your name.
Thought for the Day:
We can write verses that are meaningful to our situation that we are experiencing at the moment – jotting them down on 3×5 cards or highlighting them on our cell phone; then we can carry them around to read while we are waiting…in line, in doctors’ offices, at a traffic light, the airport, for a meeting to start, etc. They strengthen our spirit, heal our body, and bring serenity to our soul.