• Toogether

  • LEA Weekly Devotion

    TOGETHER series 2021–2022

    Week of January 9, 2022

    Toogether

     

    A dictionary of questionable repute (117th edition of the ECG Mallinguistic Dictionary) defines toogetherness as excessive togetherness, as in not wanting to be together at all or when togetherness breeds a scab or when two is a stifling crowd. The Bible defines toogetherness more formally:

     

    Do not be yoked together with those who do not believe, for what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? … Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? And what agreement does the temple of God have with idols…? (2 Cor. 6:14–18).

     

    Togetherness has reasonable boundaries. And in a culture that stretches the traditional limits of togetherness or defines it in terms of medical contagions or social and legal entitlements, the concept instigates spiritual tensions.

     

    Okay, so if your linguistic sensibilities render the previous paragraph clumsily legalistic, you can thank God for putting faith into clear language—especially the most vital part of His Word—salvation as a gift from Jesus Christ alone. The message in today’s text? “Don’t mix God’s truth with conflicting claims of truth from other sources.” Today, one of the most flagrant alien sources is self. Oh, did I say “one?” I meant millions, because rampant idolatry now comes from those who prefer to create and believe in “my truth.” Themselves. They enjoy themselves on their own divine terms.

     

    Due to our own mission-mindedness and desire to attract those of feeble or misguided faith, we do not want to shun or exclude such people. They need God’s truth more than anyone. Isn’t there a chance that we might help them to grasp the one true faith?

     

    Certainly, we want others to absorb and accept God’s authority, Jesus’ sacrificial death and victorious resurrection, and the Spirit’s ongoing sanctification. But the biblical warning is to guard against the devil’s undertaking (yes, there is a pun there) to do to us what he did to Eve and Adam. Sin runs in the dark family—as far back as you can go.

     

    Salvation runs in the family of faithful forgiven sinners too. We have the promise. We have the done deeds (Christmas, Good Friday, and Easter). We have the mission to proclaim the Good News, no matter who might reject, mock, persecute, or prosecute it. So be careful with whom you’re yoked,—with whom you partner, plan, or work. You don’t want the yoke to be on you. Enjoy God.

     

    Sing together: Alone

    From the past: Selective Hearing  (Romans 6:11 2009)

     


    We invite you to read the LEA guest devotions.

     

    Written by Edward Grube, LL.D.
    Director of Communications
    Copyright ©2021 Lutheran Education Association

    Quoted Scripture: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

     

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