Christ's Question to You: Gospel Today Devotional - 7th January, 2024

Haven't you heard from people how they got converted? They go as far back as telling you the date, time, and how it happened exactly. You can relate, right? This is very commendable. And personally, I cherish the fact that they still can remember in details how it happened. While it is important that testimonies like this be shared, which I believe should be to stir up the faith of many other people who are listening, I equally believe that there should be corresponding testimony that shows by the life they live that what they say is actually the truth, don't you agree as well?

Christ's Question to You: Gospel Today Devotional - 7th January, 2024

You know, I can tell you I love you, and then the things I do contradict what I say, right? How can I love a person, and at the same time be envious of such a person? Do I truly love that person? It's just as though we have a marital setting right here where the husband claims to love his wife with all his heart, affirms it to her through his words, and even when others are around but when he gets an opportunity to beat the same woman he claims to love, he does that with so much zeal, excitement, and passion. If as a person you were to assess that man, would you really say he loved his wife so dearly as he claimed? No, you won't just as I won't either.

The same thing we shall be looking at as we continue with our study today, how that we ought to by our actions live a life that is consistent with that which we utter with our mouth, the fact that we're saved, and that we've come to know the Lord, and even call him by his name. May the Lord grant you, and I sufficient understanding today. Amen. The passage of scripture to be considered is seen below,

"And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46).

Let me paint a picture for you again still using the marital setting. Imagine a man, and his wife goes out. On the account that he needs to impress those he sees, begins to hold the hands of his wife, wraps his hands around her neck, says beautiful things to her, and calls her, sweetheart, the love of my life, my one, and only, etc. The man who would never get her things, decides to get her a flower, just to impress people. And immediately they get home, when no one is there to see how caring he truly is, he breaks the flower vase, slaps the wife, and requests for the money he used in getting those things for her.

Very mean, right? Imagine the word that comes from the mouth of his wife during that time, still weeping is this, why do you pretend to love me when you do not actually love me?. A very serious question because his action negates his claim. This is the same thing happening to many believers today, and just like the illustration above, many are guilty of this. Many who claim to be saved tend to do things many times that show to people their zeal, and passion for the Lord, and for his work, but deep down, they disregard his instructions.

So the Lord Jesus is asking you today, why do you call him Lord, Lord, and do not do the things which he says to do? Why do you claim to love him but refuse to forgive that brother or sister? Why is anger still kindled in your heart as a result of that misunderstanding? Why do you want to file for a divorce just because of something so little? Why the intense hatred for that person? Why are you envious of the other brother or sister? You weren't allowed to be the lead singer, and till now you still can't let it go. Would Christ ever do that? And each time you get to church, and see the person, you fake a smile, and pretend all is well. The word of the Lord comes to you today, to do that which he commands to do if truly he is your Lord. The grace to turn, and do the needful, the Lord grants to you today. Amen.

Thought for the day: Do you claim to love the Lord? If yes, do you do as he commands?

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