Blessings and challenges
Today’s devotion is based on Luke 13:25-38, “Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ “But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’ “Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from; away from me, all you evildoers!’ “There will be weeping there and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out.”
There are blessings and challenges for those who have grown up in the Christian faith: You know how to listen to God’s Word and respond in prayer. You probably have a network of Christian friends that can help you when you are struggling.
On the other hand, you might be tempted to believe you are stronger than you think. You might forget how much you need continual strengthening by God’s Word and worship. So, whether you are a new Christian or a life-long Christian, keep growing. Let the roots of your faith grow deep as you gather with God’s people around his Word.
Please pray with me: Lord, you are a mighty God and rule the nations. It is amazing that you love us so much. Come, Holy Spirit, rekindle the fire of God’s love in us. Help us tune into your heart and obey you today. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.