July 3, 2019

From Wasteland to DisneyLand - Galatians 1:22-23

"It's never too late to be a hero to somebody."

Family Discussion:

  • Describe the magnitude of God's love as shown through his willingness to adopt Paul as his son.
  • Why does a true Christian follow Christ in all things forever?
  • What does one do if he's fallen back on his old ways of living? How can that also become Disney World again?

Transcription:

00:04 Boy, if you think the best days in life are not ahead of you, being a granddaddy has got to be the greatest time in the world for me. I just went down to the Disney store and bought Thumper for my little Maggie. In some ways, I never want my grandkids to grow up, and in some ways, I know they're going to grow up, but I pray they'll grow up with somebody a whole lot like you who are listening to these devotionals today. You guys, it's never too late to be a hero to somebody. God is never finished with you. Listen to this, Paul is writing in chapter 1 of Galatians in verse 22 after Paul's conversion. I mean, he was the worst of the worst. And then all of a sudden he met Jesus and Jesus created in him a heart that loved God as much as any man who ever lived. He says this, "I was still unknown by sight to the Churches of Judea, which were in Christ, but only they kept hearing. 'He who once persecuted us, is now preaching the faith which he once tried to destroy' and they were glorifying God because of me."

01:21 Whether you're 16 or 60, a preacher or a prostitute, when you give your heart to Jesus and his Holy Spirit enters your heart like a welcome springtime rain upon a dry, parched farmland soil. Everything changes and you become somebody's little hero. And if it's real, it stays changed permanently. You know, the masterpiece of a life truly saved becomes more and more valuable, more and more like Jesus, more and more loving, more joyful, more peaceful, more patient, more kind, more self-controlled. With each anniversary of that spiritual birthday that turned a wasteland into a majestic work of God.

02:07 Your heart becomes Disney World, where nobody grows up and everybody's holding hands and laughing and smiling all day long. You know, radically saved Christians don't profane God or go spend money on filmmakers who do; radically saved Christians don't delight themselves in gossip or in coarse language or pornography or sexual sin. Radically saved Christians don't return the masterpiece of their Jesus-sized heart to the wasteland of the heart of the heathen. As Paul's epic epistle here bears witness to God's ability to radically change the heart, so your life is working to bear witness to someone else who will look at you and see the heart of Jesus. What Walt Disney did to that wasteland of Florida to turn it into Disney world, God does to the heart of someone who, no matter where you are, gives their whole heart to him.

03:09 Here's some questions today. Describe the magnitude of God's love as shown through his willingness to adopt Paul as his son. And why does a true Christian follow Christ in all things forever? And then here's the last question: What does one do if he's fallen back on his old ways of living? How can that also become Disney World again? And here's the thought for the day, and it's a scripture from Matthew 7:16. Jesus says, "you'll know them by their fruits and the fruit of a godly man, the fruit of a godly woman is the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control." So bear that fruit today.

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