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Daily Devotional – March 21

GROW UP 

Today’s headline reads:  Scientists Are Developing Drugs That Could Eliminate Traumatic Events From Our Memories

We live in a nation of wusses.  Yep, the word is wuss.  Never before in the history of the United States have we had a generation so oriented around personal affirmation, security and comfort.  

Past generations of our nation took trial, pain and suffering as a part of every day life, and it remade them strong as iron.   Their slogan used to be, “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger!”  Those great generations went on to accomplish and create great things.  

Today, we think that life comes with a pain-free guarantee, and seek every venue to accomplish that:  Drugs, alcohol, medicinal dependence, counseling, sanitized environments–life has become one large anti-bacterial wipe.  The slogan has been revised to, “If it doesn’t kill you, retreat into your safety zone and hide indefinitely.”

This thought has affected Christianity.  Our churches have ceased to be boot camps for training spiritual warriors, and have become tightly controlled environmental nurseries full of diaper clad adults. 

1Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

Time to grow up.

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March 21, 2007 - Posted by | Daily Devotional

2 Comments »

  1. There’s a lot of truth in what you’re saying here. We do seem to live in an age where people are victims instead of victors. It seems natural to want to shrink back from suffering, but to really follow Christ, we must be willing to suffer some things. I heard a message preached about this not too long ago. The illustration was given of an oyster and how it cannont possibly form pearls without the irritation and discomfort of a pebble or some type of foreign object becoming imbedded in its’ flesh. God wants to use the discomforts in our lives to form “pearls”, but He is not able to do this if we shrink back from those things and avoid the growth process.

    Comment by writeathome | March 21, 2007 | Reply

  2. Hi Carol!

    I guess I need to qualify this somewhat in that our Churches should provide education and training commiserate with the level of spiritual growth. We should have the equivalent to daycare/nursery to accomodate the spiritual babies, intermediate school for the adolescent Christian, and on up. The problem is a seeming trend to provide only the daycare/nursery and it does little to prepare one for the rigors of spiritual warfare and the realities faced in this life. We need spiritual boot camps!

    -Jack

    Comment by bereans | March 22, 2007 | Reply


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