Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wed., 1/26/11 Devotion (Matt. 26:35)

Today's encouragement comes from Matthew 26:35, which says this:

"Peter said to [Jesus], 'Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!' And so said all the disciples."

It is easy for disciples to *say* things, (and presumably even Judas made this assertion). Saying things *is* a very important part of being a disciple of Christ: we must affirm our faith, confess our Savior, and make our covenant vows. But the real challenge is in believing and doing, not saying. Satan does not oppose profession, but he does bristle at sincere action, based in faith.

By grace, may our words match our faith-filled behavior; and let us remember that all our power comes through the Resurrected Christ (cf. v. 32).

[Puritan quote of the day: "Be ready to speak of Christ and for Christ in any company as you have opportunity, and diligently watch for an occasion." --Thomas Vincent, in, "The True Christian's Love To The Unseen Christ"]