Present & Pleased Devotional DAY FIFTEEN

There was a study done a while back with children. The purpose of the study was to see if there was a connection between deferred gratification in kids and long-term success. It was called “The Marshmallow Test”. Researchers brought children into a room individually and offered them a single marshmallow. If the child could resist eating the one marshmallow, they were promised a reward of two marshmallows instead of just that one.

Now, of course, some of the kids grabbed the one marshmallow right away but others did their best and resisted the temptation.

Forty years later, the children who could delay gratification longer were found to be more academically accomplished, more self-confident, had higher incomes, stronger marriages, and happier careers. The study concluded that those who can delay gratification are more likely to be successful in almost every category in life.

Satan is doing his best to get us to take that one marshmallow, to indulge in “the good life” now rather than waiting for what God has promised us. Now, some of our indulgences are obviously bad but others are a little trickier, like maybe a 401K, a hobby, or a nice house. There’s nothing wrong with these things unless they have priority over God. If we have anything that takes priority, then we’re a one marshmallow kid.

Matthew 6:20-21 (NIV) “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Jesus delayed more gratification than anyone. He could have ruled this earth while He was here, He could have lived the high life. Instead, He resisted the temptation and died for us. Jesus made God His top priority, we should too.


BRYAN SPRINGVLOED
executive pastor

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