Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
A failing in the little Baptist church we used to attend.
I loved that church dearly, but their entire focus was on Salvation ONLY; there was nothing beyond that - no perfection of the saints. We can NOT just 'Get 'em saved and then forget 'em'.
The following is an excerpt from a letter written by a young communist to his fiancee, breaking off their engagement.
“We live in virtual poverty. We turn back to the party every penny we make above what is absolutely necessary to keep us alive. We communists do not have the time or the money for many movies, or concerts, or T-bone steaks, or decent homes, or new cars. We have been described as fanatics. We are fanatics. Our lives are dominated by one great overshadowing factor: the struggle for world communism. We communists have a philosophy of life which no amount of money can buy. We have a cause to fight for, a definite purpose in life. We subordinate our petty personal selves into a great movement of humanity; and if our personal lives seem hard or our egos appear to suffer through subordination to the party, then we are adequately compensated by the thought that each of us in his small way is contributing to something new and true and better for mankind.
There is one thing which I am in dead earnest about, and that is the communist cause. It is my life, my business, my religion, my hobby, my sweetheart, my wife, my mistress, and my bread and meat. I work at it in the daytime and dream of it at night. Its hold on me grows, not lessens, as time goes on; therefore, I cannot carry on a friendship, a love affair, or even a conversation without relating it to this force which both drives and guides my life. I evaluate people, looks, ideas, and actions according to how they affect the communist cause, and by their attitude toward it. I've already been in jail because of my ideals, and if necessary, I'm ready to go before a firing squad.”
If a communist can be that dedicated for a worldly ideology that is a failure, why aren’t we that dedicated for a spiritual ideology that is a success?
1 Corinthians 9:25-27 (NCV);
“All those who compete in the games use self-control so they can win a crown. That crown is an earthly thing that lasts only a short time, but our crown will never be destroyed. So I do not run without a goal. I fight like a boxer who is hitting something—not just the air. I treat my body hard and make it my slave so that I myself will not be disqualified after I have preached to others.”
May God richly bless each one of you -
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.