“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him …” (Galatians 1:6).
Reading through Galatians this morning and was reminded, once again, how easy it is to fall into the trap of drifting from our first love, even in the midst of believing all the right things and doing all the right things (Revelation 2:1-5); of clinging on to things other that Christ (Jeremiah 2:13); making the primary focus of Christianity something other than Christ Himself (Colossians 1:18; Matthew 22:37-39); and to so busy ourselves “doing” (yes, even good things) that we neglect to spend time at the feet of Jesus (Luke 10:38-42), and all of these, often in the name of religious devotion and duty, of course!
I have to be honest with you, it’s a bit difficult for the “average” Christian to stay close to God in the midst of all the “stuff” here in America. I read the following words earlier today:
“Heard today persecuted Christians coming here (USA) from Russia 40 years ago would LEAVE THEIR FAITH – but in Russia they would DIE FOR THEIR FAITH!” -Pastor and author, Bob Roberts
Of course, the greatest differences between the two countries 40 years ago was the vast majority of Russian Christians lived in poverty and were almost always in the danger of severe persecution. At the same time, Christians in America were prosperous and had no persecution!
You just have to wonder if there’s a lesson here!