Today’s devotion is based on Philippians 2:5,6, and 8, “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; . . . And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!”
It’s no accident that the Bible compares our lives as Christians to those of soldiers. The spiritual dangers are great. The temptation to desert our Lord can be fierce. And, if we are honest, you and I must confess that there have been many times we have run away from following the Lord’s will for our lives. For such desertion, you and I deserve God’s abandonment.
But because of Jesus, we have received a full pardon instead. Because of the cross, our failures are washed away. Through faith in him, we are forgiven and not condemned. Remember who you are in your Savior. It will keep you going. It will keep you faithful to the moment he takes you home.
Please pray with me, Dearest Jesus; I stand wholly forgiven in you. Empower me to fight the good fight. Empower me to be faithful. In your holy name, I pray. Amen.