Thursday, February 17, 2011

Daily devotional: Need for a Savior

Scripture
As Paul discoursed on righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, "That's enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you."
Acts 24:25 NIV

Observation
As Paul came before the governor Felix in Acts 24, he was intentional to use the opportunity to point out how Christianity was built on Judaism (v.14), and that we will be resurrected after death to face judgment (v.15), so that those hearing would see that they are in need of a Savior. When he had a later opportunity with Felix and his wife, he spent his time focusing on why we are in need of a Savior--the need for righteousness and self-control, which we fall short of in our own strength, and the judgment to come.

It was interesting to think about how we relay the Good News today. Sometimes we relay this message clearly without avoiding our inherent falling short, but other times we may try to soften the Gospel, something that Jesus and Paul did not do.

The sad thing is that Felix was convicted by the Gospel but did not choose to act upon it. We don't know whether he ever gave his life over to Christ.

Application
Convey the Gospel message clearly. We cannot live up to God's standard, and we will face judgment. The time is now to trust in God through Jesus; putting the decision off is making a decision not to turn to God.

Prayer
Lord, thank you for this new day and for Your continual provision. Thank you for clearly showing us Your standard, and our need for Your grace. Thank you for lavishing on us Your grace, and for loving us so much that you got down into our dirty world to save us. Thank you for being so compassionate and patient with us. Let me not lose sight of our need for salvation and the coming judgment when talking with others. Lead me in these conversations and open up hearts to You so that people will come to a saving faith in You.

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