Devotion for Wednesday, February 21, 2024

“Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance; and do not assume that you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father’; for I tell you that God is able, from these stones, to raise up children for Abraham” (Matthew 3:8-9).

Do you rely upon the Lord and His salvation, learning to obey all that He has commanded?  I do not know, but it seems as though many say, “God’s got it covered, so I’ll just do a I please.”  The Lord Jesus has come to make you to be like Him, a child of the Heavenly Father.  There is no place in this eternal relationship for continuing to sin.  All things will be made new and that includes you and me.  Therefore, your life should be consistent with what you say you believe.

Lord, You know that I am filled with inconsistencies, but that is not what this saying.  My heart needs to long for You and Your ways, and not make excuses to live the way of the world.  Let me see this difference clearly.  You have come to grow in me that which You intend to have in me and with You forever.  Keep me be on the path of faithfulness, and make my being on that path evident to those around me.

Lord Jesus, You know I need to be saved and You have come to do that.  But also, I have my part and here too, I need Your help to stay on the right course.  Let the root of my life be You so that the fruit of my life may be what is right and proper for one who follows You.  Guide me in all my ways so that I may now and forever walk humbly with You, my Savior and God.  Teach me how to be faithful.  Amen.