I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel.
It is astonishing, isn’t it? One minute I was preaching or praising, and the next I deserted the truth. We so quickly abandon the beauty and truth of the gospel. It feels like all of the truth of God’s love written on our hearts is actually scratched on sand. One wave of worry, finances, or entertainment and whoosh. It’s gone. Erased from our minds like it was never there. So often we experience this, and we shake our heads like we’re confused by it, or surprised by it. Let’s wake up! We are exactly like the Bible describes us – hard-hearted, foolish, and distracted. Let’s wake up!
Read your Bible, pray, go to church, listen to the sermon, praise Him, get communion. Repeat. Read your bible, pray, go to church, listen to the sermon, praise Him, get communion. Repeat. Etcetera. You get the idea? Repetition and routine are the answers to our often idiotic spiritual life. At least it is for mine. I must hear over and over, and I must tell someone else, how great Jesus’ love is, or I actually seem to forget. Oh, I know about it in my skull, sure. But I don’t know it, know it. Not like I want to.
Dear child of God, live your life anticipating your flesh and your weaknesses. You will forget spiritual truth like you’re an amnesiac. Count on it. This is why we repeat all of those good things that your Father has given you, and repeat them often. There will come a time, staring right at His beauty, when this is no longer necessary. But that’s in heaven. So, for here and for now – I repeat: It is astonishing, isn’t it? One minute I was preaching or praising . . .