Today’s devotion is based on Hebrews 10:24, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”
As a Lutheran pastor, I have noticed through the years that we as Lutherans are somewhat reluctant to talk about good deeds because of the potential for self-righteousness. We are the people of grace after all, and we don’t much like ‘those boastful ones’ who draw attention to themselves.
Unfortunately, this means we rarely talk about the actions that flow because we love Jesus. We miss out on the encouragement of hearing about the good things happening in our midst. I think that is a shame because Christianity is unique in that we live Deep gratitude is the appropriate response to grace! Our lives are bought with a price, and we just want to walk with Jesus and be like him.
Perhaps getting this right depends on where we are focusing. If our eyes are on ourselves, we more than likely are thinking about how much God must appreciate us. If on the other hand, our eyes are on Jesus we are thankful that we have the privilege of joining him in doing good. That needs to be shared with others so that they too are spurred on to do good deeds.
Please pray with me; We thank you, Lord, for settling the big question of our salvation and taking away the stress of trying to be righteous in ourselves. You are so wonderful, Lord – help us walk closely with you today and hear your prompt when we are to act. In your blessed name, I pray. Amen.