2020 began with such great promise. And then March hit, and the last three months have been particularly hard for America. I just continue to pray that we make lasting change that has come from all this pain, both personally and on a broader social level. Never before has the country been so raw and so close to understanding the truth of what Jesus preached nearly 2,000 years ago: treat everyone better than you would ever want to be treated and love everyone as you love yourself. Regardless of race. Regardless of social class. Regardless of success. Regardless of sin. Love everyone. Treat everyone with respect. That’s Christianity. Yet is that what the world has seen of Christianity? Nope. Never. Well that needs to change. Right. Now.
15What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey-whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. (Romans 6:15-18)
Jesus set us free from sin, yet we still continue to let sin keep us captive. If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that sin still rules us all. We were advised to stay home to prevent the spread of a dangerous virus and protect the weakest around us, and we wasted that opportunity away complaining about having to spend extra time with our children, hoarding supplies, and binge watching conspiracy theories about the entire process. We learned how not having a strong emergency fund could quickly ruin our livelihood. But how many years had we spent buying useless things instead of shoring up our savings? Then as the country was about to reopen, we saw the brutality of our justice system rear its ugly head. First, by a father and son that hunted down a man committing a minor crime and gunned him down in the street. Then an abusive police officer crushed the lifeforce of another man who was thought to have simply passed a counterfeit bill. Then many in America lost their minds and took their frustrations out on innocent business owners and retailers that were struggling to just stay alive after two months of no business. All of this comes as a result of the hatred and binding fear we still hold in our hearts to sin. We seem unable to fully commit to love and the compassion Jesus commanded us to do nearly 2,000 years ago. 2020 was supposed to be the year to launch a final revival of Christ’s true love. We are so close, and the devil knows that, which is why he has done everything possible to derail 2020. But are we going to continue to be slaves to sin, or become the obedient slaves of righteousness? Slaves to love. Slaves to compassion. Slaves to Christ. I bow low and lift my hands. Let Jesus put me in the shackles of His grace.
It’s time to become obedient slaves to Christ and Christ alone. Love, patience, kindness, generosity, compassion, servitude, and grace that never ends need to be your Modus Operandi from this point on. Let’s take back 2020 and get on track to make this year our final revival.
Reading plan: Romans 8
Deeper reading plan: Psalms 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80
Prayer and meditation: Pray for this nation, that America sees the true error in our society. Pray that the country becomes more aware of Christ’s calling to love others as we love ourselves. Pray that a final revival of Love and Grace sweep this land. Pray that Jesus has finally grabbed hold of this country and will never let go!
Fitness Challenge: Calisthenics day. Week #2 of our June circuit. Perform the following circuit for three rounds, 14 reps each exercise (except for the Handstand Wall Walk, we’ll keep that at 7).
- Hand-release push-up
- Single Leg Glute Bridge (14 each leg)
- Jumping Sumo Squats
- Handstand Wall Walk (up and down is one rep)x7
- Frozen V sit (hold each set for ten seconds)
- Reverse lunge with leg raise (14 each leg)