Friday, March 11th
(In preparation for today’s Devotional, read Joshua 24:15 and then check out the “The Deep Six Study” online. Go to www.capecodchurch.com/watch and click on “Discussion Notes.” Under “Message Highlights,” read highlight # 3)
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. Matthew 6:24
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
We have been talking about living the Christian life in such a way that we are able to finish strong and leave behind a lasting legacy. We are not talking about perfection just living the Christian life at a very high level. If we could do it perfectly, then we would not need to be here going through the training and growing experience called life. But we are here and we need to use our time here to the fullest. Far too many Christians settle for far too little. Why is this? Could it be that many come to Christ and don’t really understand what they are getting into?
Yesterday we spoke of “turning from” and “turning to” in regard to the Christian life. Becoming a Christian is supposed to be a conversion from the old to the new, where we “turn from” the world and we “turn to” Christ. We stop serving ourselves in the destructive pursuit of whatever we can get out of the world system. We go forward serving God through Christ for the sake of his kingdom and glory. Do you see how embracing Christ is a choice for a new way of life.?Without a clear cut choice Christianity will be something we "add on” instead of convert to. The result will be that we try to serve two masters. Today’s Scripture makes it very clear that this is a huge problem. Perhaps the words we need right now are these words from Joshua, “choose today whom you will serve.”
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I know when I first embraced you I didn’t know what I was getting into. Surly, my “turning from” and my “turning to “ were partial. But today, right now, I choose whom I will serve. I choose to serve you the Living God. I choose to serve you and you alone. I know I won’t do it perfectly, but I know that from now on it will be at a high level because I have made the clear cut choice to do so. I go forward with you in surrender, dependence, and victory. Amen!
Posted on Fri, March 11, 2016
by Alan Porter