Slow Faders…

As I prayed this morning many faces popped into my brain.

Faces of teens and adults with whom I used to minister.

On fire for God. Sharing the Gospel regularly. In some cases going on mission trips. Serving on a staff with which I served also. Seemingly happily married.

Too many faces.

Because they are all walking, at best, inconsistently with the Lord.

Some have walked away from everything spiritual.

Some are on the fringes (at best) of orthodox faith.

Many deny what they used to affirm.

And I’m willing to bet that in every case the “fade” began when they wandered, eased, from reading the Word regularly.

Sure, they might have been influenced by professors (to include at some Christian schools). Sin may have enticed and captured.

But “the blood of Jesus makes us safe; the Word of God makes us sure.”

And to “wander” from the Word is to embark on a journey with a bad end…

Redeemable? Yes.

Easy? No.

When I pray for those of deny; when I pray for those who expose non-biblical stuff; I ask the Lord to do “whatever it takes” to bring them back (or for the first time)  to Christ and the gospel.

And this old Casting Crowns song always goes thru my mind…it is extremely rare for one to “jump” from active faith to no or cancered faith…it is usually a slow walk…away.

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

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