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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all.
These are some of the opening words of St. Paul the Apostle to the young church at Galatia. They had started out as “Followers of Jesus” full of grace and not ruled by religion, and now he found them now quickly turning right back to what they had been. Paul was shocked to hear of it and let them know in the entirety of this book.
Here’s what I have to say initially about this passage this AM. “It Happened Then And It’s Happening Now!” That’s right. I watch young “Followers Of Jesus” start full of vigor and excited about their new life in Christ. For the first couple of months, they can’t get enough “Good News.” They’re at everything the church puts on. Growth track—they race through it in four Sundays. Connect groups—they join. Church teams—they choose which one to be in, and they start serving. Prayer meetings—they’re there. Outreaches on Saturdays—they sign up and work it. But often, after five or six months, their faith begins to wane. They begin to pull back. They talk about how busy they are. They say the job is demanding more out of them or this semester at university the classes are tougher. Excuses become their M.O. What happened? They slowly turned back to the way things used to be. There’s no life there, but it’s what they know. It’s predictable. The pain is predictable. The phony relationships are predictable. The backstabbing and parties that leave them empty in the AM are predictable. And what they experience is nothing new. It happened in Paul’s day, and it’s happening in our day. Here’s the Good News. It doesn’t have to be that way. Today, if you’ve been tempted to go back, stick a fork in the devil’s temptation and jump back in the game with Jesus. It’s never too late to begin again.
My prayer this AM is for my friend who reads this right now. Help them, Jesus, to stay in the game! Amen