Will we ever be free of evil?

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You’ll never get to read the devotion I just wrote about evil.

Because I erased it.

I called out Isis.

I lamented the 939 hate groups in the U.S.

And the 747,000 registered sex offenders.

I listed all the evil I could think of, and then thought of more.

I made such a convincing case for the prevalence of evil in this world, that my insides turned cold.

I seized up, recognizing that there is evil, too, in my own heart.

And I held all of that evil in the palm of one hand,

and in the other hand, I held the Lord’s prayer.

Remember, the prayer Jesus taught us to say?

Phrases like, “Deliver us from evil”

and “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done”

and then I stopped writing.

3 questions entered my mind, at that point:

1.  Are we humans powerless over evil?
2.  Will this world ever truly be free from evil?
3.  What is God waiting for?

And I had a moment of doubt.

* * *

But not anymore.

That devotion you’ll never read?  It was missing something entirely crucial in a devotion.

Namely:  DEVOTION!

Once I realized that, everything inside me changed.

My devotion to Christ points to all the ways I have been “delivered from evil”.
My devotion to God reveals the promise of God’s Kingdom come, and God’s will being done.
My devotion to the Holy Spirit helps me respond to God’s invitation to put Love into action.

Devotion is not just a heady spiritual response.

It is a lived, passionate response.

And so, here’s my mine:

I do not doubt the presence of evil in this world, but I am a child of God.
I am tapped into a power greater than any evil could ever touch.
And I testify to that power, and rejoice over it, and strive to wield it on behalf of the God of Love who is coming into this world.

There. Yes.

That’s much better.

Now, my writing for this week is concluded…

but my devotion continues on.

Have a great week,

 

Mitch

 

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Can you commit?

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Incoming message for you…from Jesus:

You, my friend, are confusing!

I mean in terms of your actions.  You’re all over the place!

Check this out:

com·mit/kəˈmit/  Verb.

  1. Carry out or perpetrate (a mistake, crime, or immoral act): “he committed an uncharacteristic error”.
  2. Pledge or bind (a person or an organization) to a certain course or policy.   (Google definition)
Isn’t it weird h0w one little word, “commit”, can point in two diametrically opposed directions? 

For Christians, to commit means either to 1) carry out a sin or 2) join a group opposed to sin.

That’s just wacky! And the wackiest thing is I’ve seen you do both!

Sometimes you’ll commit a sin, usually when you think nobody is looking. It’s as if you’re not in your right mind. You focus all your energy and effort into doing the very thing you know you shouldn’t be doing!

I once said this to my disciples:

‘Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.” (John 8:34)

Nothing makes me sadder than to see you enslaved to your passions, selfish desires, and so on. I wish you’d stop.

I wish you would take all that energy and passion and focus it in the direction of the Kingdom! That’s something worth being committed too.

Old Job had a rough go of things, but even so, he kept the right focus.  Remember when he said this?

“As for me, I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause.” (Job 5:8)

I love that. Good for him.

And what about you? You’ve got so much potential. So much to offer the world and the Kingdom. It’s so good having you committed, when you focus on Love and Compassion and Justice.

As for those other times, when you commit to the wrong things…

I forgive you. I always will.

But keep this in mind, friend:

Choosing whether to commit a sin or commit yourself to the Kingdom…

can shape the definition of your whole life.

Have a good week,

(Jesus)

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