Point Man

Devotional

“Start Your Own Nation”

It was relatively easy to follow Christ in the United States for the first two-hundred-plus years. But those days are over.

It used to be that a man who loved the Lord and led his family was called a “God-fearing man” and that was a com­pliment. Today, if you’re called a God-fearing man, it’s likely you’re being mocked. That’s what happens when a na­tion dies spiritually and falls apart.

But that doesn’t mean we lose hope and dread the future. It just means we have our work cut out for us.

I know you want to be the point man for your family. So what do you do when the nation continues to pursue darkness instead of the Light?

If the nation is falling apart, then you start your own nation.

How can this be done?

You start your own nation by realizing that God has al­ready put you into a new nation. The moment that you turn from your sin and call upon the Lord Jesus to save you from it, your citizenship is immediately transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God (Ephesians 2:19-20; 1 Peter 2:9-10).

Make no mistake; we are still citizens of our countries. That is what it says on our driver’s licenses and passports and tax forms. But we are also aliens. We are citizens of our countries either by birth or by naturalization, but we can never forget that our true and lasting citizenship is in heaven.

You’re to be in the world but not of the world.

You’re to be in the United States but not of the idolatry of the United States.

So as the nation and culture around you continue to erode and fall apart, you can start your own nation, letting that new identity shape your life and your days.

The most important thing a Christian man can do in his lifetime is strive to raise a godly family. That’s what it means to start your own nation.

In your new nation, Jesus is the King and the Bible is the constitution. This new nation comes into being when a man utters from his heart the same words as Joshua: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).

How does it change things to begin thinking of your family as “one nation under God”?