Common Sense Reborn Daily Devotion

January 21

17”You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you?  How long shall I put up with you?  Bring the boy here to me.”  18Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.  (Matthew 17:17-18)

Boy, oh boy.  In the verses above we read how Jesus felt about the people of His generation:  an “unbelieving and perverse generation.”  And yet, despite their unbelief, Jesus went to the cross for that generation.  Nearly two thousand years later, we still live in an unbelieving and perverse generation.  We have made strides in some ways in the direction Jesus called us to, but not on our own accord.  This country was a very divided and disgusting nation until just over 50 years ago when Dr. MLK led a bold movement to open the eyes of every American to the racism and wrong being perpetuated in places like Montgomery, Alabama.  A half century has passed and America is still defining their citizen’s by the color of their skin.

In yesterday’s deeper reading plan, I challenged you to read MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  I hope you accepted that challenge and do the same today.  The words of MLK are powerful reminders of how just 50 years ago, our country (as a whole) was still far from following Jesus the way He intended for us to.  We have come a long way in the last 50 years with better racial equality, but we still need a heart change for many in this country to stop judging each other by their race or ethnicity.  We need to fully accept that everyone on this earth is a child of God, and because of that, we are ALL brothers and sisters, no matter what color our skin is, what nationality we proudly proclaim.  We are God’s children FIRST and Foremost.

Reading plan:  Matthew Chapter 19

Deeper reading plan:  read/listen to another of MLK’s famous speeches “Our God is Marching On.”

Prayer and meditation:  continue to pray for your request from day 1 and thank God for being patient with you.

Fitness challenge:  cardio day:  run for 14 minutes straight.  By now your cardio goal should be running for 14 minutes solid (Not sprinting-at least at 50% effort of a full sprint).

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