Devotional by Stephen Estock

January 26, 2014

I don’t drink much, and I don’t abuse drugs, but I’m not so good at sober living. A sober life spends the day secure in faith, love, and hope, mindful that the Lord Jesus Christ has rescued me from the wrath of God (1 Thessalonians 5:8-9). Instead, what I experience is a life filled with distractions, and I have spiritual ADD. I begin to pray, but then run down a “rabbit trail” triggered by one of the petitions. Petty distractions and daydreams consume too much time. At the end of the day, I may feel tired, but I have failed to live soberly. I tend to float in a spiritual drowsiness rather than be diligent in the power of the Resurrected Christ. Yet, therein is my hope. The salvation secured by Christ includes his indwelling resurrection power to cleanse me of the vestiges of sin that dull my senses and empower me to live – moment by moment – in a life that is eager and ready for His return.