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Developing a Healthy Appetite

by on November 27, 2013
It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
– Titus 2.12-13
Thanksgiving is this week!  In homes across America, much activity will be taking place to prepare the evening meal.  The kitchen will be the focus of much activity, and many labors will go into ensuring that each item for the dinner table is made according to tradition, or to a recipe.  The turkey will go in the oven for just the right amount of time to prevent it from drying out, or being undercooked.  Much, much work will go into the meal… a labor of love and thanksgiving by those who roll up their sleeves.
Tables will be set, and possibly decorated.  The “good” dishes may come out from their special storage places, and even the napkins will be special.  This is a festive occasion, that points us to recognizing God’s provision in our lives.  We celebrate this day in honor of His love and watch care.  Whether we celebrate this day with family, friends, or by ourselves, our hearts are turned to inward reflection.  God is good.
Can you fathom going out to eat a fast-food meal just before the Thanksgiving meal is served?  To do so would ruin your appetite for the meal, and diminish your sense of appreciation for the work done by those who have labored to provide a meal for you.  Going after things that are “not on the table” take us out of community with each other and with God.
Our memory verse for this week is a summation of what Paul has told Titus in regard to establishing leadership, edifying and equipping believers, and teaching of sound doctrine.  Growing in godliness does not eliminate temptation in our lives, but it cultivates a resistance to things that are not a part of what God has on the table He has prepared for us.  We are called to God’s table daily.  As we await the day that he brings us into His eternal presence, let us remember that through His Holy Spirit, He is always present.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart”  ~Hebrews 12:1-3
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