January 3, 2020

Rerun of Daily Devotional January 11, 2017

Yesterday I had lunch with a friend from the church. As we were talking he said, “I approach religion like I approached school. C is okay.” Then he said, “My wife is afraid you will use me in a devotional.”

He was right. But I won’t use his name because his wife is an absolutely wonderful person and I’m a little afraid of her.

The interesting thing is that I know he is much better than a C-grade Christian. He’s actually a pretty good Christian. He even listens to my sermons. I know this because many Sundays he tells me how hard it was to go to sleep in church.

But his comment on being a C-grade Christian got me thinking. It reminds me of the saying, “That’s good enough for government work.” But is it really?

Is there such a thing as a mediocre Christian? Can you only do it half-way? Can you have one foot in the door and one foot out?

Jesus said, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” (Matthew 12:30)

In other words, we are either all in or all out. There is no middle ground.

So if you haven’t fully committed to Jesus Christ, now’s the time. Give yourself to God with a wild abandon and follow God’s path wherever it takes you. All you have to do is say yes. And I promise if you wholly commit yourself, while life won’t be perfect, you will know with a joyous certainty that you are living life to its fullest.

The choice is to truly live or just exist. Choose Jesus and choose to live.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, please help me to be all in. I pray that you fill my heart with love, my mind with compassion, my mouth with words of healing, and my hands with action. Help me to walk your path and truly live. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

The other good thing about eating lunch with my friend has to do with my new commitment to eating healthy. We decided the guacamole and jalapenos counted as green food. It was a great lunch.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins