A Facebook friend recently commented that Christians should be more afraid of going to the mall than they should be of going to Burning Man. We do have our set of familiar sins and “gods” that hide in plain view. We get used to them, until we recognize their slavery and experience the rescue of God. Even as we are delivered from some sins we need to be reminded and we need spiritual revitalization.
God commanded Israel in Exodus 1:1-3, “I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from the land Egypt, the place of your slavery. You must not have any other god but me.”
Over the past month my family traveled in the States to visit and develop partners for the Great Commission work here in Vancouver. We also took time to visit with friends and to visit some the natural beauties of the Western United States. At Bandelier we walked along the former home structures of the Ancestral Pueblo People who had lived there about 1000 years ago. I was deeply moved as I realized that 1200 years after the birth, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus these people lived and died without knowledge of Him. Though they may have known God the Creator they lacked this vital revelation of God’s grace and deliverance from sin’s death. Hearing the Gospel ushers us into God’s greatest rescue. Hearing the Gospel helps us see the gods we have created.
“So faith comes from hearing, that is hearing the Good News about Christ.” Romans 10:17
Ask God to give you fresh eyes and a sensitive heart to read and reflect on the Gospel this week.