Just before the new year began, I invited you to join the Jubilee Journey of reading through the Bible. I’m happy that several of you joined the Journey and are reading along with the group. It requires a little focus and discipline, but it is so worth it!
Along our Jubilee Journey, we recently read that God told the Israelites to make tassels and tie them to their garments (Numbers 15:37-40). The purpose was to remind them to obey the commands of the Lord…to honor Him as Lord of their lives.
The devotional for that day in the iWorship Bible encouraged us to choose a symbol of our devotion to God. Not necessarily a tassel, not to sew anything onto our garments…but to choose something that we can use as a reminder and a sign of our devotion to our Lord.
Our reminders of thankfulness, honor, and worship can be one thing or many things. I was thinking of how some of us collect crosses for our decor. Do you have them in your home?
We don’t worship those things, but they remind us of Christ and His sacrifice on the cross. These various “tassels” symbolize our love for our Lord, our commitment to obedience, our devotion to Him, our life of thanksgiving and praise to Him.
For Christmas one year, Fun Son gave me a sign with these words.
…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15)
He knew I would love it, and I wasted no time hanging it in our home. I think of it as a tassel.
I now have a special memory of Numbers 15:39 each time I look at each tassel in my home. I don’t worship the tassels, but they each remind me to give Him the Honor, Praise, and Glory He deserves from me through my obedience to His commands. My obedience displays my love for Him.
Other through-the-Bible readers in our group shared things they now use as symbols. One reader dedicates her smile to display her love for the Lord. I won’t give names, but another stated “her smile, her hands to serve, her feet to go the extra mile….” Such good stuff!
Attributes that God gave us are symbols of His love for us. Those gifts and talents are with us always as a part of who we are by His design, constant reminders that we are His people. Using our talents for His service are a clear testimony of our faith – our tassels.
Let’s recognize the many varied “tassels” on our garment of faith and commit them to the Lord.
What are some tassels that came to your mind as you read about the others – either your own or ideas of others? I look forward to all you’ll share with us through your comments.
Please know this…I’m praying God’s blessings upon you this spectacular Sunday. He loves you!