Today's Devotion: October 21
A Picture of Sin
Take note, you have sinned against the LORD; and be sure your sin will find you out.
A man in Palm Beach County, Florida, was arrested for theft earlier this year. He might have gotten away with it except he posted “selfies” of himself with the loot on his Instagram page. Officials searched his house and found a quarter-million dollars’ worth of stolen plunder. As they filled out the arrest warrant, they asked the man his occupation. He replied, “Thief.”
It’s strange when we’re proud of the things we should be ashamed of—and ashamed of the things we should boast about. The Bible tells us to boast in the Lord, but to avoid the appearance of evil. Even as fully forgiven, born-again Christians, we can become proud of some evil habit in our lives. And, sad to say, we can be ashamed of serving Jesus. That’s a terrible condition.
Although we enjoy God’s grace here on earth, we need to remember He is just in all His dealings with us and we should never take His grace for granted. Listen instead to 2 Corinthians 7:1: “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love; Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for Thy courts above.
Robert Robinson in the hymn, “Come, Thou Fount”
Luke 1 – 2