DAY 24 - Read Daily25-11-2019 | Josh Brown | YOUTH
Day 24 - Motivation for a gospel shaped citizen, part 1 (You were once blind)
- While referring to a life characterised by sin, Paul says to a group of Christians, we were’ like this. Paul and the Christians he was writing to had repented (or turned) from these sinful practices. Have you repented from sin? If not, where do you think this will lead?
- What has your past taught you about God’s mercy and grace?
- How does an accurate view of our sin help us as we fight against personal pride?
Devotion Transcript (Watch on Baptist Youth Youtube Channel)
3 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. 3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.
I wonder what your favourite animal in the animal kingdom is? Would it be lions, tigers, wolves or maybe sharks? Whatever your animal may be, some of our favourite creatures are potentially dangerous. We may love wild elephants or snakes, but we would always keep ourselves at a safe distance as we can’t totally trust these wild animals.
Why is that? Why can’t we expect these animals to act in a peaceful way around us? Well, most of the time it’s because of their natural instinct. We live in a world broken by sin, following the rules of ‘kill or be killed’, ‘fight or flee’. They will fight or run for their survival, always trying to get the advantage in the wild.
But we too have a ‘natural instinct’ - an instinct to sin - always trying to fight for ourselves above everybody else. And sadly, even people kill others to achieve this. Verse 3 says, ‘For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.’ Because of sin, we naturally do evil, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. Paul says, “For we ourselves ‘were’ once…” This is the first question we must ask ourselves, is my life tranformed by Christ? Can you be like Paul and say “For we ourselves were” these things or are you still following in your sinful instinct? If you are a Christian, remember who you once were and where you came from.
Paul continues to say, ‘…foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.’ Maybe you’re thinking, ‘This is a bit of an extreme statement, Paul is surely talking about really evil people.’ He is. But we need to remember we are also included in that group. By remembering this, we can remove the pride we have for ourselves and remember where God has brought us from. We were once blind to these things, doing what we wanted and essentially living like animals. But now we can thank God our saviour that we don’t have to live this way anymore and we can strive towards being more like Christ.
So, don’t let your past hold you back from receiving God’s mercy, God will forgive through his son Jesus. But at the same time, remember where God has saved you from. We didn’t bring ourselves out of the darkness. Don’t think we can take any of the credit, God alone can change lives. And so, let him continue to transform you through the Holy Spirit.