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It's Greece To Me

Devotional 5.24.23

“All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you," (1 Peter 1:24-25).

There it stood! The remains at least. A not so fortified city on a hill. The Acropolis. Athens rests below. 

Magpies invade. Free to fly behind the barriers. Free to perch at will. Oblivious. They knew not what they perched upon. Nor did they care. Their brilliant black and white plumage was no match for the history lost on them. Eternity escaped their thoughts.

Saul? They didn't know him. Name change, Paul? So what? The masses lost on a hill of deceit? Unconcerned. The freedom of the gospel introduced next door at the Areopagus?  No matter. 

Such thoughts exploded in my mind cutting sharply through the superficial layers. Am I a magpie?!  (Not the brilliant plumage part!)

Am I consumed with the pleasures of my will? What about the world that I'm perched upon? Do I care?  Am I too easily entertained with the here and now to be concerned with a history of God's good work through the ages? Is His story lost on me?

What of the masses? Concerned? Not so much? Never mind the masses. What about the next door neighbors? Do I know their names? 

And what about the gospel? What about the good news? You know, the message for which Paul risked everything. Is it of no matter or is it the matter of eternity? 


In constant awe, 

Pastor Karl