Saturday, August 27th, 2016
Judgment (Part 10)
He who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
Galatians 6:8 (NKJV)
For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh... While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.
2 Peter 2:18-19 (NKJV)
Initially, corruption meant decay.* Today, corruption can mean decadence, dishonesty or dirty dealing cons. Jesus, earth's only Man who never sinned, could not be corrupted in any way. God did not allow His 'Holy One to undergo decay' (Psalm 16:10).
Believers complain about corruption. Because everywhere where we look, we see it.
Grocery shelves are filled with tainted foods. City water has harmful chemicals. Public schools cheat on test scores for rewards. Highways harbor road rage and drunk drivers. Shopping centers showcase sweat shop labor. Lawmakers bow to special interests. Clever ads make evil things look tempting.
Celebrities rise to become idols, and they are worshipped as if they are gods. Media steals our imaginations and turns them toward the things of this world. Billions of screens glow like magical webs and glue our eyes to trivial pursuits. With entertainment as our foremost joy, we become content to sit still and watch.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, be vigilant about corruption. Without a doubt, it covers the world, and you must not become trapped by it. But even more, you must march through it, seeking lost sheep now stuck in the muck. Knowing you are protected by Christ, soldier forward and throw His Life Lines.
However, like most of God's warnings (unspoken in too many churches), the greatest danger lies in your midst. It's corruption among believers, which leaders either choose to ignore, or worse: practice, sanction and promote.
To Be Continued...
* Definition and Latin derivation of corruption: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/corruption?s=t; http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=corrupt
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Judgment series.