Devotional for Friday January 26th

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Balance”


Our Bible verse for today: “Lord, reveal to me the end of my life and the number of my days. Let me know how transitory I am.” Psalm 39:4 (HCSB)


Our thought for today: “Don’t be a practical atheist.”


C.S. Lewis once wrote, “If you read history you will find that Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most about the next. It is because Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this one.”


Many of us live like practical atheists. An atheist is a person who does not believe in God or an afterlife. However the term “practical atheist” refers to a person who does believe in God, and who does believe in eternal life, but who, in the actual practice of daily life, acts as if this life is all there is. This is what C.S. Lewis was referring to.


To be fair, rather than being true practical atheists, more often we do give a passing nod to God and to the practice of our faith – but that’s all. For many Christians, even on their best days, their faith plays only a small part in daily life. Instead we are focused on jobs, family matters, paying bills, playing at our hobbies, engaging in recreational activities, and all the other things that fill our lives every day, pretty much from the moment we wake up until the moment we fall exhausted into bed at night.


But God is real and this life is not all there is. The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 39:4-7 that compared to eternity, the span of our life is essentially a puff of smoke, a blip on the radar screen of eternity. It is here for a moment and then gone. And all the things we filled our days with, the stress and anxiety of work, the worries about finances, the wasted hours in front of the television, in the end it will all have counted for little or nothing.


That doesn’t mean that we don’t have to pay attention to the things of life. We do. The Bible is clear (especially in the Proverbs of Solomon and in the letters of Paul) that we are to be conscientious and diligent as we pay attention to the things that are our responsibilities. We are to be a good spouse, a good parent, a good employee, and a good friend. We do have to give time and attention to the important realities of daily life. But we must never lose sight of the truth that this short life is leading us to an eternal destiny.


As has been discussed in previous days, our faith must be the core of our being, the unifying factor which draws all the rest of life towards the center where Christ sits on the throne of our heart and rules and reigns over our life.


You know that this life is not all there is. You also know that when your days are done and your last breath has been drawn that you will pass into eternity. So don’t be a practical atheist. Live today like someone who is on their way to a great eternal destiny.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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