June 2016 Devotion

The Jesus Freak

 

“I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes. I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.”  (Psa. 119:58-60, NIV)

 

The psalmist wants every area in his life to be in alignment with the Lord.  He longs to do things God’s way.  Further, the Almighty has become the most important entity in his life.  More than a song, this is his passion.

 

In the world today, this songwriter would be classified as “too religious.”  It could be said; “he is so heavenly-minded, that he is no earthly-good.”   The other phrase that comes to mind is “Jesus freak.”  How common it is for people in the workplace to mockingly label someone of this character “reverend” or “deacon.”

 

         “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”  (Matt. 5:11-12, NIV)

 

If loving God were a crime, would we receive a lifelong sentence or be released with a general warning?  What evidence would be presented to prove that we have become too sold out for Christ?  Would our checkbook bring validity to the charges.  Would our internet history offer us an acquittal?  The mature Christian Warrior would receive the death sentence in this situation.

 

We are not ashamed of our Savior, the Bible, or the things of God.  Instead, we shout to the world; “JESUS CHRIST IS LORD OF ALL!”  After all, He is our very purpose for living.  We strongly agree with the psalmist, when we desire to see every area of our life in perfect alignment with His divine will.  It is folly to expect the lost world to appreciate our decisions.

 

Dear Lord, we long to have our life in alignment with your holy and perfect will.  Empower us to live a life that brings a smile to Your beautiful face.  Further, help us as we endure the conflicts of this world to keep our eyes upon You.  Strengthen us during moments of persecution.  Please deepen our resolve by the power of your sweet Holy Spirit.  Fill us with Your love so that others may see and consider their own situation.  May all glory and honor be Yours.  In the mighty name of Jesus we pray.  Amen!