Devotion for Saturday, December 2, 2023

“And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15).

The Lord knows your days.  Do not suppose that you do not have freedom in every moment, for just like this moment, you do.  But He knows what you will do.  Those who will turn to Him and be conformed to His image are known by Him.  Those who will turn away from Him and remain in rebellion are known too.  He loves us all and desires that all would be saved, but there is the separation of those who are being conformed to Christ from those who remain curved in on themselves.

Lord, it seems to boil down to this simple reality.  I am either growing closer to You, Your likeness, and the eternal way of goodness, or else I am growing away from You and into myself.  Those who are Yours are known by You.  I believe I am one of Yours.  Teach me to act as one of Your children.  Guide me, even when I do not feel like it, to be conformed in the image of Christ my Savior.

Lord Jesus, You have said that we are to come to You.  You told us that it was both hard and easy.  Whatever it is, let my deeds be written in Your book so that they demonstrate a heart that is like Yours.  Guide me now and always in the Gospel way so that I may be led by Your goodness and mercy all the days of the life You give me in this age.  Shine Your light on and through me and let others see its reflection, dear Lord.  Amen.