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This morning’s devotion is a challenge to each of our hearts. Sure we are all usually quick to say “love thy neighbor” but do we actually believe it, or more importantly do we actually live it. Especially when we live in a society that thrives on the gossip of detail of those around us to the point at which there are whole TV sitcoms with this as their centered theme.
I was especially challenged when Spurgeon takes the point to the next step and applies the text to my covetous desires. This becomes especially convicting in a time when most would find themselves in a state of economic difficulty or even crisis and are confronted with those temptations to covet most. I pray that God would quicken my heart to rely on His word and promise that He provides for my every need in the goodness of His timing not in mine. May we say with Paul:
“…for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Phil 4:11-13
May we cherish our neighbors and pray for them. Know them as the very fellowship or mission field that the Lord has provided for each of us to go therefore and make disciples.
Spurgeon closes our day with a great thought for each of us to ponder with every action and breath we take. To whom do we belong? As Christians we belong to Christ. We have been reconciled to God through Jesus Christ His son. This being very contrary to what we are told daily by TV and the popular culture of our world who exhort us to be individuals and be our own people. Rather, God has adopted us into His family.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as he chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” – Eph 1:3-6
We are His. He has adopted us as His own. May our lives be a reflection of his glory and grace in all that we do.