Daily Devotion: Wednesday
Psalm of the Day: Psalm 59
Wisdom of the Day: Ecclesiastes 2:1-11
Scripture Reading: Luke 5:27-32
We are taught, in this passage the power of Christ's calling grace. We read that our Lord called a tax collector named Levi to become one of His disciples. This man belonged to a class who were a very proverb for wickedness among the Jews. Yet even to him our Lord says, "Follow Me!"
We read furthermore, that such mighty influence on Levi's heart accompanied our Lord's words, that although "sitting at his tax booth," when called he at once got up, left everything, followed Jesus, and became His disciple.
We must never despair of any one's salvation, so long as he lives after reading a case like this. We must never say of anyone that he is too wicked, or too hardened, or too worldly to be saved. No sins are too many, or too bad to be forgiven. No heart is too hard or too worldly to be changed. He who called Levi still lives, and is the same that He was 1800 years ago. With Christ, nothing is impossible!
How is it with ourselves? This, after all, is the grand question. Are we waiting, and delaying, and hanging back under the idea that the cross is too heavy, and that we can never serve Christ? Let us cast such thoughts away at once and forever. Let us believe that Christ can enable us by His Spirit to give up all, and come out from the world. Let us remember that He who called Levi, never changes. Let us take up the cross boldly, and go forward.
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, thank you that you are willing to forgive even the chief of sinners.
Action Plan: What sins do I struggle with because I feel God cannot or will not forgive? Is this a lack of God's power or a lack of my faith?
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.