September 10, 2010

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter A



Monte Holland

Several persons have expressed an interest in having my husband, the Rev. Monte W. Holland, post an online series of devotions. Through their encouragement, Monte will post a weekly devotion on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS. To read the introduction click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: Introduction. Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland



All  of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

     Today is the beginning of a series of weekly devotionals I’m writing based on twenty-six verses in the Bible, one for each letter of the alphabet. I am using a list of verses I received from an old friend, Bill Sollinger, many years ago.

     This verse is totally obvious. Do we know anyone who has never sinned? Clearly not! The problem is not that we have sinned—that is part of the human condition. The problem comes when we live as though we were free of sin and not dependent on God.

     This is “stone-throwing time” again. The elections occur in less than two months. Do you remember the story of Jesus about the woman caught in adultery and about to be stoned to death? (John 8:1-11) The Pharisees and the teachers of the Law brought into the temple a woman into whom they caught in the act of adultery. The Law prescribed death by stoning. Jesus was there, and stated that the person who was without sin should cast the first stone. They all left with no stone being cast. Jesus then instructed the woman to go and sin no more.

     It isn’t enough to realize that we continue to sin. What really matters is our falling short of God’s expectations. That should pain us, prompting us to repentance and renewal through our faith in Jesus Christ, by which God graciously gives us new life. The commentator in The Learning Bible states: Instead of continuing as slaves to sin, God’s new people are now slaves to God.

     Slavery is a bad word when it involves the relations between people, but it is a totally appropriate word for our relation to God. When we sin, do we automatically think about God and the effect on our relationship with God? If we realize that sin is always present, and if we realize that we need to repent and restore our relationship with God, our living will be much better.

     I would like to see an election season where the candidates truthfully told us what they would do for the good of the voters and to the glory of God. The stones are piled high and ready for pitching at the opponent. Will we be able to stay clear of this fray and demand more of our candidates? Can we stay on course to draw closer to living to the glory of God? 


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