Devotion for Tuesday, February 21, 2023

“So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans” (Revelation 2:15).

Many in the church go the way of the Pharisees and become overly legalistic.  You know the type, “We never did it that way before.”  But there are the others who think, “Jesus saved us, so it does not matter what we do.”  If you are to become like Christ, then set your heart to work on becoming like Christ.  You and I are not to pick and choose what we believe.  We are to believe what the Lord has said.

Lord, I do have favorite verses, but keep me from focusing upon just a few verses so that I may receive the whole of the Word that You have given for our benefit.  I need to work out my salvation with fear and trembling, but also never to forget that it is You who makes all things possible.  Let me not stray from the narrow path but hold fast to Your word as I learn to obey all that You have commanded.

Lord Jesus, it is true that without You I can do nothing.  Help me, I pray, to always look to You, knowing I need Your grace, and living for that day when I will be with You in eternity.  Do not let me become cavalier in my attitude so that I simply say, “fiddlededee,” to doing good, loving my neighbor, or meditating upon Your word.  Lord, give me a heart that hungers for the truth.  Lead me ever closer to You.  Amen.