Our devotion to Jesus must offset the world’s bad news.
IT’S NEWS TO ME
Banned in Iran (MUST READ)
The Coming Civil War in America (MUST READ)
SETTING OUR MINDS ON THINGS ABOVE
Destined to Devotion
This week’s news gives every indication that things are heating up across the board. Despite the recent losses in Georgia and South Carolina, the Democrats are showing no signs of letting up on the vicious attacks against Republicans. Voters are getting tired of it too, but the Democrats are convinced that the opposition must be destroyed by whatever means are necessary. Voters be dammed. They are on a mission of destruction.
Russia has now joined Iran and North Korea as anti-American antagonists, Muslims are advancing in the Philippines, and anti-Semitism on college campuses is out of control. We seem to be on the verge of WW III in more than one region, and the UN continues to be more of a problem than a solution (to no one’s surprise).
It’s time to remember that things are playing out just as Jesus said they would. He is exhorting His followers to remain faithful to Him and to focus on being devoted to Him, no matter what. Too often, the greatest roadblock to true devotion is our “Christian work.” We throw ourselves into our “service,” convinced that we are pleasing our Lord.
The problem is that our service should flow out of our devotion to Him, not as a way to look good in His sight. We get it backward. We focus on the doing to such a degree that we never enter into the true devotion to Him that He desires. He is more interested in what we are to Him that what we do for Him.
It’s easy to become more devoted to a cause than we are to Him. Likewise, we can love our ministry more than we love Jesus, and the longer this continues, the greater the fall and the more intense the pain when God reveals the truth to us.
As we consider what’s happening in the world, Jesus wants us to keep our focus and our devotion on Him. He promises us peace that transcends our understanding if we stay devoted to Him. We will be like a family of believers, living our lives in the eye of a hurricane. While storms rage all around us, the sky is blue where we are, right in the center of God’s will-living a life of pure devotion to Jesus. If we truly love Jesus, more than anything or anyone, we can weather the storms around us and remain strong no matter what. This is our calling. This is our destiny while we’re still here on earth.
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ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
These notices actually appeared in church bulletins:
– At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be “What Is Hell”? Come early and listen to our choir practice.
– Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
– Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
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