Psalm of the Day: Psalm 78:15-30
Wisdom of the Day: Job 4:1-21
Scripture Reading: Luke 6:46-49
It has been said, with much truth, that no sermon should conclude without some personal application to the consciences of those who hear it. The passage before us is an example of this rule, and a confirmation of its correctness. It is a solemn and heart-searching conclusion, to a most solemn discourse.
Let us notice what an old and common sin is profession without practice. The Son of God Himself had many followers, who pretended to honor Him by calling Him Lord but yielded no obedience to His commandments. The evil which our Lord exposes here, has always existed in the Church of God.
It was found in the days of James. "Be doers of the word," he says, "and not hearers only deceiving your own selves" (James 1:22).
Let it be a fixed principle that obedience is the only sound evidence of saving faith; and that the talk of the lips is worse than useless if it is not accompanied by sanctification of the life. The man in whose heart the Holy Spirit really dwells will never be content to sit still, and do nothing to show his love to Christ.
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, help me to be a doer and not just a professor.
Action Plan: How can I match my faith to my actions today?
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.