The Idolatry of Thankfulness?
Does the idolatry of thankfulness exist during this season? I’m thankful for scripture on thankfulness! Let’s check God’s word and find out!
“20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Romans 1:20-21
Being unthankful leads to becoming futile in your thoughts and your heart will be darkened. But please notice in the above scripture where our thankfulness must be directed. If your thankfulness is not first directed toward the God of heaven and earth, who created you among all things and has given you every good thing, all other thankfulness you might have is idolatry.
Are you thankful for Black Friday door busters, but not first thankful for what God has already provided? Are you not thankful for His provision and the opportunity to be wise in your purchasing during this season? There are great opportunities, but will you shine the light of Christ this weekend or reek of Satan’s covetous stench for all to enjoy?
Thankfulness must be directed correctly because it is a form of worship. If it is directed incorrectly it is sin. As an example, are you thankful for lust? What about fornication? Are you thankful for the opportunity to abort your child? Are you thankful that we now have a President that is making it legal to have more of your guilty pleasures? Marijuana, gay marriage, abortion, free birth control… Are these the things you are thankful for?
Be thankful for the ability to consider this question. What am I thankful for? Is my thankfulness idolatry? Is it sin?
Consider the heart and mind that God calls us to.
“1 Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
The Humbled and Exalted Christ”
“5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phil. 2:1-10
Is your mind on yourself, or do you turn to Christ as your example of humility and of thankfulness?
Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Consider these things and love your family and friends as Christ does the church!
Grace and peace!