I’m sure you’ve heard of trains in major cities like New York City, Chicago, or Santiago de Compostela, Spain, being derailed. If you’ve ever seen a derailed train, you know that it’s not easy to get it back on those tracks. Often battered and mangled, the cars don’t always cooperate. A great deal of time, money, and effort are required for the project.

There are Christians who have lost track of God’s will and been “derailed” as well. As a result of taking matters into their own hands or just flat-out rebellion against God, they wind up in a heap beside themselves — hurt, hopeless, and confused in a mess of sin. Like an overturned train, it is not an easy task getting these Christians back on track. However, if it weren’t possible, God would have never asked us to do it.

The reconstruction of anything — be it a train, building, or a wayward Christian — is a delicate process. It most always involves tearing down to build up. For the wayward Christian, strongholds of the flesh must be torn down, giving way to the power of the Spirit, which begins rebuilding from the inside out.

Are you willing to make an investment in the life of a wayward Christian? Are you willing to team with the Holy Spirit, devoting your time, energy, and resources into shaping that diamond in the rough? Their future could depend upon it.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder