Happy Friday Y’all! I’m sending an after-lunch post, due to oversleeping after work. I have been very quiet in my pre-devotion commentary lately, and that is because I have been very busy enjoying these last weeks of summer. This summer has been such a strange paradox. So many are currently hurting in the world due to unimaginable loss from COVID; facing the injustices of suppressive, and even subtle, racism that has cursed this country since it’s foundation; and everything else the devil has been throwing at the world since the start of the year. And then there’s my family and I, who are having a great season of our life. My wife and I began new, amazing and rewarding careers in the midst of this madness. I have had unprecedented time with my children thanks to the cancellation of physical school. Many of the distractions of America have been removed from our lives. We are in a great period of joy. In our life, ain’t nobody mad but the devil.
But despite our family living a life of joy, we realize there can be no joy when there is so much suffering in the world. We continue to stay focused on lifting up all those we can, through tangible ways, through prayer, through this blog. Isn’t this how we as Christians should always live? Live in the joy of being saved, but in the sorrow of the suffering this world subjugates itself to. We have an endless mission to help everyone reach the level of joy we experience as Christians. And if you are a Christian, and not experiencing joy, despite living in the storm, we pray for you as well. As the song states above, nobody should be mad but the devil. And “he big mad.”
3But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person-such a person is an idolater-has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7Therefore do not be partners with them. (Ephesians 5:3-7)
Here Paul offers more guidance on how to live as a Christian.
- Avoid all forms of sexual immorality (this includes pornography).
- Avoid any kind of impurity-this is pretty vague, but could mean abstain from wine or drunkenness. (Jesus loved wine, but always advised against drinking to the point of being drunk.)
- Avoid obscene, foolish, and abusive talk.
Three more guidelines we should follow as Christians. Christians are so square. They have no fun. You can’t participate in the sexual promiscuity that runs rampant in our current culture. Can’t get wasted every weekend. Can’t talk mad trash to make people feel bad.
I love being “square” or boring, as some in our world view true Christians. I can tell you personally, I have dabbled in all three of these guidelines before in my wilder days. Avoiding them is a much more enjoyable way of life. And my life has never been more rewarding than it is living as an obedient, faithful follower of Christ. Leave the world behind and walk with the one that has overcome the world.
Reading plan: Ephesians 6:10-24
Deeper reading plan: Isaiah 28, 29, 30
Prayer and meditation: Pray for our country. Pray for love to conquer all. Pray that Christ infects our hearts and ignites a final fire of revival to sweep this land.
Fitness challenge: Free for all Friday-4 exercises at descending intervals (you’ll need a watch for this). Last week we did a lower body blaster, this week, we’ll smoke our abs. First set is 30 seconds of straight work, second set is 20 seconds, your last set is just 10 seconds of work. Break for 10 seconds after each round (one round is all four exercises).
- Supine bicycle
- Side plank bridge (both sides)