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::Devotional:: ‘The Remnant’

April 29, 2010

A recent article in U.S.A Today said that out of 1,200 people surveyed, ages 18-29 (The Millenial Generation), 65% said they were born again Christians.  The interesting part to note was that of that 65% most of them were “mushy Christians or Christians in name only.”  Thom Rainer of Lifeway Christian resources said, “the more precisely you try to measure their Christianity, the fewer you find committed to the faith.”  Should we be shocked?  Can something be done to change that 65% to solid Christians who are Christian not only in name but in commitment and character as well?

Several years ago, after reading stacks of books and articles about the declining faith in the youth of the church, I was under the impression that somehow someway it was going to be possible to “bring them all back.”  With enough people, provisions, and programs it was going to be possible.  But I’ve realized since then that not only are those thoughts unrealistic they are also unbiblical as well.

All throughout scripture, Old and New Testaments, the people who professed to follow God were a small group and the people who actually did follow God were even small still.  In fact, there is a name for that small group of dedicated believers.  They are called the remnant.

The remnant is guilty of sin but saved by grace.  It is rebellious in nature but obedient by choice.  The remnant repents rather than repeats when it comes to surrendering to temptation.  To borrow a line from the marines, they are the few – the humble – the remnant.

O Lord, God of Israel, you are righteous! We are left this day as a remnant. Here we are before you in our guilt, though because of it not one of us can stand in your presence.  Ezra 9:15

The remnant is the good soil in the parable of the four soils.  It is the man planted by the streams of water in Psalms 1.  The remnant is the one who finds and walks the straight and narrow path.  It is the one who enters through the small gate.  The remnant is the spiritual adult who is no longer tossed back and forth by waves and winds of doctrine.  It is the one who is not easily deceived by the cunning and craftiness of men.  The remnant is the one who searches for God as for silver and for hidden treasure and who understands the fear of God and finds the knowledge of God.  It is the one who builds his house upon the rock and not upon the sand.  The few – the humble – the remnant.

I am not perfect, but I am repentant.  My motivation is a genuine love for the Lord and a desire to do all I can to know Him more.  I choose to be part of the remnant.  How about you?

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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