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Devotions for Life

Clergy Or Laity?

Ponder: The meaning of “clergy” and “laity.”
Scripture: “For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive?” (1 Corinthians 4:7, NKJV)
Are you in the clergy? Or are you a lay person? If you are a Christian, you should answer both questions the same: “Yes!”


Do Not Be Deceived

Today’s verse: “They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden” (Genesis 3:8).
We are familiar with the saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it isn’t.” The serpent told Eve that she would become like God and that she wouldn’t die. It sounded good. It just happened to be too good to be true. Eating the fruit resulted in separation from God and all sorts of evil for mankind.


Continually Devoting

Today’s Bible Verse: “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42NASU).
You know, there are some people who just seem to grow more and know more than others. Why? Usually, it is because they are consistent in their effort to grow spiritually. Consistency produces gratifying results. Inconsistence produces discouragement and very few gratifying results.
If there is one thing that I would encourage a Christian to do, it would be to continually devote yourself to spiritual activities. The Greek word that is translated “continually” or “steadfastly” means “to give constant attention” to something or someone.
When Cornelius selected a soldier to go with his household servants to get Peter, he selected a “devout soldier.” That Greek word said this was a soldier who attached himself to Cornelius as a servant continually. Isn’t that the kind of spiritual soldiers Christ wants in His army? How could a general win a war with soldiers who are inconsistent? Even if they are very devoted when present, if they are inconsistent in their presence it causes the general to lose the battle. The same is true with Christ’s soldiers. Not only do we need to be devoted when present, but our Christian endeavor needs to be present all the time.
It is so sad to see some Christians who want to be spiritual, but their biggest problem is inconsistency. When they are “hot” they are “hot,” but often they are lukewarm or even cold. Their inconsistency keeps them from growing spiritually.
It is said of the first Christians that they were “continually devoting themselves” to spiritual activities (Acts 2:42). How consistent are we with regard to spiritual activities? If we are consistent we will grow. If we are inconsistent we will not grow or grow very slowly.
Interestingly, the Greek word for “continually” is most often used when describing New Testament Christians’ prayer life (Acts 1:14; 6:4; Romans 12:12; Colossians 4:2). What about our prayer life? Are we consistently devoted to prayer?
Let’s make a resolve today that we will continually devote ourselves to spiritual matters. It will help us individually and it will bless the church as a whole.                                    

Song: “Step By Step”

Father, strengthen us to become more devoted to You. May we adhere to Your word, and seek to follow Your will daily. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Wayne Burger,l Conifer, CO