Colossians 2:20-23
Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.

If I was standing right now before God and He asked me the same question that Paul is asking, I fear that I will have no response to give because as much as I desire to be one with Christ, my humanness craves to live in sin. I was at the public library last evening checking out some books and DVDs when the librarian looked at a DVD I had and remarked that my kids might enjoy it too. I told her that I did not think so and she went on to share a new learning she had about how ratings in the US and Canada differ. In Canada, violence seems to be an issue and in the US sex is. How different views can be across a virtual border and this affects what we consider safe standards to live and grow in?

Hitting the lotto jackpot seems to be the greatest desire of my colleagues and most people I see here. It seems that the more we have, the better we live and the less we want. Another human standard and it fuels a significant amount of money into the coffers of the lottery companies but robs the average Joe of his money for a chance only a few will have. Are we to live by these standards? We are reminded that these are destined to perish and so are we. Why would we wager on selfish human standards when the highest standards set by God are available, the access is free, the invitation is open, the payout starts now and lasts an eternity and all we need to do is submit? What wisdom are you leaning on and how is that helping you?

In His Loving Service,

1 Corinthians 6:13 Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them. Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body.
  1. blesseddad says:

    Man, that is a powerful lesson, and you really put it across great. Lotto, careers, drugs, sex, all are distractions from God. Material wealth is glamorized, so people spend their last dollar on lotto. Have you ever researched lotto winners, in most cases their lives are destroyed. the same is the case for many other things, people trying to fill the void in their soul that was made to be filled by God. Thank you for this great message!

  2. springsinthedesert says:


    Thought provoking post..I have seen people running after lotto and gambling and I used to wonder what makes them believe that they will hit the jackpot this time..its merely a chance and they lose the hard earned money for nothing…As Jim said…I feel that its an addiction just like any other thing.Actually running after anything that is far from God is an addiction which needs to be corrected..

    God Bless,

  3. Thank you Vineet for helping me to look at what standards are around me and then look at Him, as my standard of all hope and love. It reminds me of Oswald Chambers’ “My Utmost For His Highest”. So thankful there is something better than the lotto for everyone! God bless you! deb

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