Devotional for Friday December 8th

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Living with no excuses”


Our Bible verse for today: “Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord’, and don’t do the things I say? Luke 6:46 (HCSB)


Our thought for today: “If He is your “Lord”, then do what He says.”


There’s a difference between Jesus being your Savior and Jesus being your Lord. If you have placed your faith in Him for the forgiveness of your sins then He is your Savior. But if you have also made Him the Lord of your life then that means you are now doing the things that He says. It means that you read the Bible, study His commands, consider His ways, follow His example, and then walk in His footsteps. To be a Christian means to be Christ-like. So we must ask the question “What was Christ like?” And then we go and do likewise.


For many Christians Jesus is their Savior but He is not their Lord. They do not do the things that He says, and they do not follow the example He has set. If Jesus is your Lord then your words should sound like His words, your actions should look like His actions, and you life should be centered around accomplishing His work in this world.


Too many today claim to be followers of Christ but then do not do the things that He says. Instead, we make excuses. We make excuses for not praying more, we make excuses for not reading the Bible more, we make excuses for not going to church, we make excuses for not participating more in the life of the church we do go to, and we make excuses for not being involved in acts of ministry to others. Those are all things that Jesus taught us to do but which many Christians do not do.


“Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and then not do the things I say?”


In yesterday’s devotional I referred to the Fruit of the Spirit as described by the Apostle Paul in Galatians 5:22-23. I made the point that spiritual growth is the most important thing that can happen to us, and that there is nothing in life that will do more to improve the overall quality of a person’s life than to grow spiritually. I encouraged you to set a goal for 2018 to incorporate some practices in your life that will place you in a position whereby the Holy Spirit can bring about more spiritual growth in you, and I recommended to you Richard Foster’s classic book on the subject “Celebration of Discipline”.


I encourage you to stop making excuses about these things. Resolve that in 2018 you will live as if Jesus really is your Lord and not just your Savior.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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