By Paul & Joy Hattaway
“I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:2-3).
Over the years we have come to understand that the Gospel is a simple, life-giving message that can transform whole communities, turning darkness to light and changing people bound by chains of sin into children of God. Often, however, a Christian’s faith can become cluttered the further they go in their walk with the Lord. Layers of human tradition can easily be added to the simple message that once gave us a “sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”
We hear from many believers whose lives have become bound up with the cares of this world. They are anxious about the moral direction of their nation, disillusioned and bitter with ungodly politicians, or vexed by all kinds of conspiracy theories and worries. Believers ought to step back and ask themselves some simple questions: Does dwelling on these things help you love Jesus Christ more? Do they produce a desire in you for holiness and a hunger for God’s Word? Do they give you a zeal to share the Gospel with the lost and a jealous desire for wellbeing of God’s people? If not, then those cares will take you away from a simple, abiding and loving faith in Jesus. Such things may be part of the “serpent’s cunning” referred to in the above Scripture.
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