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The Parable of Night Tracks – Devotion

I grew up in a small town, and in that small town we had 10 channels, 2 of which were CBS.  The only difference in the CBSs was the nightly news: one from Panama City and the other from Dothan.  One channel we didn’t have that I really wanted was  MTV.  Music was a huge part of my childhood as I am sure it was in yours.  I wanted to see music videos.  I heard of them, but never saw one.  We only had music videos on a show called Night Tracks on TBS.  As the name suggests, Night Tracks came on television in the middle of the night.  It was 12:05 am, technically on Saturday morning, to be exact.

I asked  my parents Friday after Friday after Friday; can I please stay up and watch Night Tracks.  Side note, I love DVR.  Now, back to the topic at hand.  I asked over and over, and my parents continually said you’re too young to stay up that late.  When you are older, we will let you.  I am not sure how old I was.  I would guess 7 or 8, probably still too young to stay up past midnight.   I’m sure I wore my parents down, but they finally said that I could stay up and watch Night Tracks.  I was so excited.  I felt so cool.  I couldn’t wait to tell my friends that I was able to stay up and watch Night Tracks.  I couldn’t wait to tell them all the cool stuff in these music videos.

I vividly remember my first episode of Night Tracks.  I can tell you the first music video I ever saw was “The Warrior” by Scandal.  “Shooting at the walls of heartache” has been stuck in my head for almost three decades.  That song will forever hold a special place in my heart.  This was one of the first watershed moments in my life where I felt I made a huge leap in my growth as a person.  I was old and mature enough to watch music videos at midnight on Friday nights.  This is one of those life changing memories I hold close and can relive by just closing my eyes.

This got me thinking about watershed moments in our lives.  Those days, moments, events that stick with us and shape us.  For me, it was my first music video.  There there are moments such as first kiss, first crush, first at bat in baseball, first day of new school, first fight, last goodbye, senior prom,  marriage, kids, and on and on.  Our lives are full of watershed, life shaping moments and events.   Most Christians can talk about the day they gave their life to Christ and received the forgiveness that Jesus freely offers.  I bet as you are reading this, you are reliving some of these moments in your own life. All of these watershed life changing moments got me to thinking…

When was your last watershed, life changing moment with God?

Was it your salvation?  Do you even have that?

When was your last watershed, life changing moment with God?

I can tell you this the Christian life does not end with becoming a child of God through faith in Jesus.  That is just the starting line!  God wants to move and work in your life.  God wants to mold, impact, uplift, change, and be a dynamic power in your everyday life.  Romans 8:29-30 says this, “For this (God) foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brother.  And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified’ and those He justified, He also glorified.” (HCSB)

These verses show us the Christian life is a process.  You should be constantly being conformed more and more to the image of God.  Verse 30 list a several steps; predestined, called, justified, glorified.  The Christian life is a process, and the process begins at salvation.

If you cannot remember the last watershed moment you had with God.  Get to know God!

He wants to work in your life and mold you more and more into the image of Jesus Christ.  Get to know God and have more and more godly watershed moments.  Just as seeing my first music video was so huge in my life, I want you to have these moments with God. I want you to say, I remember when God: took lying out of my life, made me a more faithful spouse, helped me to reconcile with my friend, called me to help out at church, gave me strength in the storm I was facing, helped me to love the unlovable, gave me enough faith to begin giving in the offering plate, and on and on.  I want you to have awesome watershed moments where God changed your life positively and forever.

Let’s stop standing still and grow and allow God to mold our lives with always new watershed moments.


Preacher Jes



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