Psalm of the Day: Psalm 85:1-13
Wisdom of the Day: Job 9:11-20
Scripture Reading: Luke 7:18-23
The message which John the Baptist sent to our Lord in these verses is particularly instructing, when we consider the circumstances under which it was sent. John the Baptist was now a prisoner in the hands of Herod. "When John was in prison, he heard what Christ was doing." (Matthew 11:2.)
John's life was drawing to a close. His opportunities of active usefulness were ended. A long imprisonment, or a violent death were the only prospects before him. Yet even in these dark days, we see this holy man maintaining his old ground, as a witness to Christ. He is the same man that he was when he cried, "Behold the Lamb of God!" To testify of Christ, was his continual work as a preacher at liberty. To send men to Christ was one of his last works as a prisoner in chains.
We will deepen this thought in tomorrow's devotional as to why John seems to question Jesus' identity, but for now let us consider the continual act that he did in life and death. He pointed others to Christ. What a rebuke to most who do not even consider the thought due to the fast pace of life. It as if the Christianity of some is something that is turned on and off because of convenience. It is easy to point others to Christ on Sunday, but this is only 1/7 of what God deems as obedience. Absolute obedience is pointing people to Christ with our words and actions all the time.
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, please to point others to you though my words and life.
Action Plan: Why and when do you struggle most to point others to Christ? What are some ways you can overcome this? What verses will guide you along the way?
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.