Many bemoan the evil of our present day. This is not new. All of my life, the generation ahead of me looked back at the “good old days” and now my generation is doing the same.
We read or hear the headlines of current events and we become disheartened.
Perhaps this is why Paul’s words to the Galatians jumped out at me this morning.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, - Galatians 1:3-4 NASB
Paul informs us that the Lord Jesus Christ by giving Himself for our sins, rescued us from this present evil age.
So why is it that we feel like captives to the evil of our present age?
We can’t say that in Paul’s day it wasn’t as bad as it is today. In Paul’s day the put the Christians in the Colosseum and fed them to lions—burned them at the stake—slaughtered them like so much cattle.
Paul was beaten with thirty-nine lashes five times, stoned, beaten, mocked, imprisoned, all by the evil of his day.
And yet, his heart cried out FREEDOM.
The evil of his day, evil done around him, evil done to him, did not hold him.
He pursued the Father’s business.
Want to go into the family business with me, my brothers and sisters.
We may need to shake ourselves and realize we are free in the midst of the mess of our day.
Free to love our neighbors.
Free to preach the gospel.
Free to shine the light of Christ in the darkness, this gross darkness.
Free to season and preserve our generation with the saltiness of Christ in you (me.)
Are you with me?
Don’t forget to shine!