devotion

Make Him Lord

It is not enough to make Jesus Christ your Savior. For all that Christ purchased for us on the cross, we should eagerly and energetically make Him Lord of our lives. You can be saved and born again and still not make the ranks of a disciple. A disciple of Christ makes Christ Lord, and that is not just making Him Lord on Sunday, nor is it making Him Lord only over certain things or areas of our lives. He never saved you and me to only be Lord when it’s convenient. And no one can make Christ Lord for you. Only you can do that. Jesus deserves the right to be Lord of all. That means He should be Lord over your mind and your mouth. Make Him Lord at home and at work. Make Him Lord over your eyes and ears and over your hands and feet. Make Him Lord of your marriage and over your children. Make Him Lord over your money. There are people calling Jesus Lord who haven’t made Him Lord. And Jesus said, “But why do you call me Lord, Lord and do not do the things which I say?” Luke 6:46

Living in obedience to Christ and His word is how you make Him Lord. Putting Him first is how we make Him Lord. Honoring Him in all we do is how we make Him Lord. Let me encourage you not to settle for making Jesus your Savior. Make Him Lord. Take the next step and take it everyday you wake up and get out of bed. Make Him the ruler and master of your life. If He has granted you the free gift of eternal life, you can make Him Lord for the time you have here. There are great rewards for those who make Jesus Christ Savior—and Lord.

Smart Dog

I saw this and thought, “That’s a smart dog!” It really is amazing what dogs can do. Instinctively when Rascal sees another animal on the television, he runs toward it barking and growling. Now that’s not that smart, but he can tell the difference between an animal and a human. He can do the normal smart dog performance such as a hand shake, speak/bark on command. He can high-five, turn around and even give a hug. But on this particular morning, as shown in the picture, Rascal inspired me. Hopefully you can see this, but he is laying down in a rectangle of light shining through our living room skylight. Is that a coincidence or did Rascal intentionally lay down in that spot? It was intentional, and not only was he laying down in the light, but he was facing and looking towards the one he loves the most in the world, my wife.

Be inspired today to get in the light and by faith look towards your Savior. How do you get in the light and look towards Jesus? The best way is to open up God’s Word and ask God to shine His light on you. Feel the warmth of His love as you read those eternal words. Stay there for a while to demonstrate your devotion to Him. Jesus’ light is still shining even in a dark world.

John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Don’t Fall

Idolatry is still a thing, and you may not think you have a problem with it, but the part about you being human means you probably struggle like most people. Idolatry takes place when something or someone comes between you and God. Idolatry takes place when God takes second place in our lives. Our lives will always be ordered by the objects of our worship. There are idols of entertainment, and there’s nothing wrong with wholesome entertainment, but when the majority of our time, energy and efforts are spent somewhere else instead of on the things of God, it’s a problem. The pursuit of worldly riches and the pursuit of popularity completely robs followers of Christ of the blessings of an idol-free life.

Idolatry is not ok, and it’s something we should constantly be examining in our lives. It’s crazy to even consider this, but some people idolize other people and some people idolize themselves. No one should worship the ground you walk on, and if someone does, you should stop their worship instantly. God alone is worthy of your worship! You can appreciate and be thankful for the people in your life without crossing the line of idolatry. This was the problem with many of the Hebrews coming out of Egyptian bondage. They had been surrounded by physical idols and had only heard of God, the Father of creation. Let’s admit that it’s easier to worship what you can see and touch, but we can admit also that worship doesn’t require faith. Here’s what God’s word says about man-made idols. “Their idols [are] silver and gold, The work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; Eyes they have, but they do not see; They have ears, but they do not hear; Noses they have, but they do not smell; They have hands, but they do not handle; Feet they have, but they do not walk; Nor do they mutter through their throat. Those who make them are like them; [So is] everyone who trusts in them. O Israel, trust in the LORD; He [is] their help and their shield.” Psalm 115:4-9. The apostle Paul said, “Flee from idolatry.”

To not fall before an idol you must live a disciplined life, because even today you are surrounded by them. Don’t fall for them. Worship the One True and Living God!

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