Psalm of the Day: Psalm 103:1-22
Wisdom of the Day: Job 21:17-34
Scripture Reading: Luke 8:16-21
We learn the great privileges of those who hear the Word of God and DO it. Our Lord Jesus Christ declares that He regards them as his "mother and his brethren."
The man who hears the Word of God, and does it is the true Christian. He hears the call of God to repent and be converted, and he obeys it. He ceases to do evil, and learns to do good. He puts off the old man, and puts on the new. He hears the call of God to believe on Jesus Christ for justification, and he obeys it. He forsakes his own righteousness, and confesses his need of a Savior. He receives Christ crucified as his only hope, and counts all things loss for the knowledge of Him. He hears the call of God to be holy, and he obeys it. He strives to mortify the deeds of his body, and to walk after the Spirit. He labors to lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily besets him. This is true, vital Christianity.
All men and women who are of this character are true Christians.
The TROUBLES of all who "hear the word of God and do it" are neither few nor small. The world, the flesh, and the devil continually vex them. They often groan, being burdened (2 Corinthians 5:4). They often find the cross heavy, and the way to Heaven rough and narrow. They often feel disposed to cry with Paul, "O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from this body of death?" (Romans 7:24)
Let all such take comfort in the words of our Lord Jesus Christ which we are now considering. Let them remember that the Son of God himself regards them as his own near relations! Let them not heed the laughter, and mockery, and persecution of this world.
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, please help me show my salvation through my behavior and dedication to you.
Action Plan: Jesus said, "If you love me, keep my commandments." What commandments are you having trouble keeping? What Scripture verses can you memorize to overcome disobedience?
This devotional was taken from The Gospel of Luke by J.C. Ryle published in 1858
and adapted by Pastor Tim Lewis of New England Shores Baptist Church.