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Josh Gulley

Tassels are interesting things.  To my knowledge they only serve two purposes – to decorate and to remind.  When I hear the word “tassel,” I immediately think of graduation ceremonies, because those are the only occasions in which I’ve ever received tassels.  As a result, I have three tassels.  One rests in a bag full of graduation paraphernalia the location of which is currently unknown to me.  Another has very masculine hot pink strands, indicating that I studied music in college.  The third has black and gold strands (DeKalb County High colors), and it fulfills a long-standing tradition of high school students by decorating the cab of my truck where it hangs from the rear-view mirror.  It once served as a reminder of the accomplishment of earning a high school diploma.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t do that anymore—I have looked at it almost every day for six years now, but it no longer catches my attention.  Every time I “see” it, I am preoccupied by some other task which I consider to be more important than recalling my early academic achievements.  As a result, that tassel has faded into the “background” of my surroundings.  It has become one of those things that aren’t there even though they are.

In the law of Moses, the Lord commanded Israel, saying, “Tell [the people] to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue thread in the tassels of the corners.  And you shall have the tassels, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the Lord and do them and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined, and that you may remember and do all my commandments, and be holy for your God” (Numbers 15:38-40).

We are no longer bound under the law of Moses, because it was part of the old covenant.  Therefore, we don’t have to wear literal tassels.  But we are given the responsibility of remembering what God has done for us through Jesus Christ.  “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).  As long as we breathe the breath of life, God forbid that we ever allow the cross of Christ to fade into the “background” of our minds.  May we wear the cross every day as a tassel upon our hearts, reminding us that through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, God has washed our sins away and begotten us to a living hope of eternal life.  Maybe then we’ll begin to remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them.  Maybe then we won’t be so inclined to follow the harlotry to which our own hearts and eyes would lead us.  Maybe then we will be holy for our God.  Are you wearing your tassel?