A Thanksgiving Exhortation

Posted By on November 27, 2013

From, Ah, the Life… blog

…Lastly, (and which was not least,) a great hope and inward zeal they had of laying some good foundation, or at least to make some way thereunto, for the propagating and advancing the gospel of the kingdom of Christ in those remote parts of the world; yea, though they should be but even as stepping-stones unto others for the performing of so great a work…”

As we look with gratefulness to our Pilgrim forebearers and count the manifold just and merciful Providences in our nation and families, let us remember what made the Pilgrims great and why their memory has been held dear in the hearts of God’s people throughout the generations. The Pilgrims were a people whose desire it was to live wholeheartedly and deliberately according to the Scriptures. They were willing even to lay down their very lives, if necessary, in order to press forth the crown rights of Christ, establish a nation on the foundation of God’s Word, and bring the light of the Gospel into the darkness.

“…We verily believe and trust that the Lord is with us, unto Whom and Whose service we have given ourselves in many trials; and that He will graciously prosper our endeavors according to the simplicity of our hearts therein…”

As young ladies seeking to restore the Biblical view of womanhood, we may often feel overwhelmed by the state of our culture today and the size of the battle set before us. We may say,”What can I do? The battle is so large and being a keeper of my father’s home sometimes seems so insignificant. I should be doing something of more importance, something that will make a huge impact on our culture. What does being a homemaker have to do with winning this war?”. We must understand that these questions strike precisely at where the heart of the battle lies. The war for our culture is over who is sovereign, God or man. The world would have man be its sovereign. As Christians, our duty is to self-consciously live according to the Scriptures and thereby declare to the world that King Jesus still reigns. Anything done in accordance with God’s Word, be it great or small, is waging war with the enemy. By fulfilling our role as women, daily seeking to be conformed to God’s will as revealed in the Scriptures, we are waging war against the forces that seek to destroy our culture and pressing forth the crown rights of Christ. So then, we as young ladies must ask ourselves what the Word of God says about our role. What virtues do the Scriptures extol in women? Viewed in this light, we see that to be good, chaste, obedient, keepers at home, of a meek and quiet spirit, working industriously with our hands is to proclaim Christ Lord to the world around us. It is here we as young ladies do our part to win this cultural war. To daily depose self from its throne and acknowledge Christ as Lord through obedience to His word, is to daily win a battle. Let us ask ourselves today, are we willing, as our Pilgrim forebearers, to lay down our lives and be as stepping stones to the generations that follow after us?

“…We are well weaned from the delicate milk of our mother country, and inured to the difficulties of a strange and hard land, which by patience we have largely overcome…It is not with us as with other men whom small things can discourage, or small discontentments cause to wish themselves at home again…”

May this Thanksgiving day’s celebrations be a blessed and joyous occasion for you and yours!

Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1Cor. 10:31

Quotations from William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation

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