Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
Self-Governing People
I will put My laws into their minds and I will write them on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
Hebrews 8:10 (NAS)
I was the third and youngest child of busy parents. My mom, the model, juggled four other jobs while my dad traveled. I found it curious and unsettling that my friends had many rules while I had few. Combine my parent's busyness with my own strong will, and I became a self-governing child. I set my own curfews and guidelines--some good, many ignorant.

Decades later and a new life upon me, I follow God's rules.

My grown daughter asked advice about a roommate who was three months behind in rent, but kept offering assurances that 'the checks were in the mail.' How many of us grow weary or angry at forgotten promises and easy lies from politicians and businesses, even family and friends?

People without God are self-governing people, abiding not in Christ but in their own rules. As a result, they have no absolute truth, except a world of lawless leaders and lost followers with wavering moral compasses. 'Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold' (Matthew 24:12).

Jesus tells us to love everyone, but keep closest company with people who love God. 'Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?' (2 Corinthians 6:14).

Yet in His infinite mercy, God 'Gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds' (Titus 2:14). Jesus saved us from the impossibility of self-government, because no one is strong enough, smart enough, or good enough to run a life without God.

By Him, we are offered the ultimate citizenship papers, and we gratefully join the Government of God. But, we're not home yet. We're on planet earth with working visas. Our job? Broadcast the good news of open immigration to the only perfect government: the one where the Ten Commandments will never be removed from the courthouse.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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