Devotion of the Day

FIRM AND FRUITFUL

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye knew that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
I Corinthians 15:58

We have here a good combination of firmness and fruitfulness. Some saints impress us with their fixity of belief, their sturdy orthodoxy, but they seem not to be abounding in God’s work. They are like tombstones, not trees, by rivers of water. Paul gives us this double-barreled idea again: “Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving” (Col. 2:7). Rock-ribbed and radiant! Alas, the steadfast are always singing and the singing are not always steadfast!

I suppose we shall always have the unmovables who do not joyfully abound and the abounding who do not always abide, but blessed is the man who achieves by grace a good synthesis of both. Grounded and grateful! True and thankful! Steadfast and singing! Abiding and abounding! Theology and doxology!

Devotion of the Day

CALLED TO GO

Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?
Isaiah 6:8

There are two sides to this stupendous proposition, His sending and our going. Some are called who do not go, like the son who promised to work in the vineyard but went not. Some go who are not sent: “I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran” (Jer. 23:21).

What a supreme privilege that the God of the Universe can use us in His business – “Whom shall I send?” Yet He never compels us nor violates our freedom of will – “Who will go for us?” His eyes run to and fro throughout the whole earth looking for someone who will go – not someone who will merely sing about it or say, “Here am I, send somebody else.”

Never mind whether or not the mission will be a success. Isaiah was told that his hearers would not receive his message. We are not called to succeed, we are called to go.

And when we go He goes along!