Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wed., 4/27/11 Devotion (Heb. 2:1-3a)

Today's encouragement comes from Hebrews 2:1-3a, where we read these words:

"Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels prov-
ed steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward [punishment], how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation . . . ?"

Sometimes even genuine believers are tempted to "drift away" from the true gospel, the gospel of grace. The rigors of self-denial, cruci-
fixion of the old flesh, taking up one's cross, suffering for the cause of the church--these things can tend to wear us down. This second chap-
ter of Hebrews is a good "wake up call," and it strengthens our souls, especially when we consider that our Captain (Jesus) has suffered for us, (cf. v. 10).

The kingdom is worth the blood, sweat, and tears. The Savior's love is worthy of our endeavoring all, for His sake. Let us take up our arms, and fight the battle of faith well, today.

[Puritan quote of the day: "Ministers should study [work] to promote God's glory. God has entrusted them with two of the most precious things: His truth, and the souls of His people." --Thomas Watson, in, "A Body of Divinity"]