Daily Devotion: Thursday
Psalm of the Day: Psalm 80:1-19
Wisdom of the Day: Job 7:1-11
Scripture Reading: Luke 7:1-10
We should notice the advantage of being connected with godly families. We need no clearer proof of this than the case of the centurion's servant. We see him cared for in sickness. We see him restored to health through his master's intercession. We see him brought under Christ's notice through his master's faith. Who can tell but the outcome of the whole history, was the conversion and salvation of the man's soul? It was a happy day for that servant when he first began service in such a household!
Well would it be for the Church, if the benefits of connection with the "household of faith," were more frequently remembered by professing Christians. Often a Christian parent will hastily place his son in a position where his soul can get no good simply for the sake of mere worldly advantage. Often, far too often, a Christian servant will seek a new place where true religion is not valued, for the sake of a little more wages.
These things ought not so to be. In all our moves, our first thought should be the interest of our souls. In all our settlements, our chief desire should be to be connected with godly people. In all our purposes and planning, for ourselves or our children, one question should ever be uppermost in our minds. "What shall it profit us to gain the whole world, and lose our own souls?" Good situations are often godless situations, and ruin to all eternity those who take them.
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, give me an appreciation for the safety you provide through the local church.
Action Plan: How much do I value my local church? How much do they value me? Do I bear other's burdens and fulfill the law of Christ or only go to church to get out of it what I want?
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.