Devotion of the Day

THE THREE “CANNOTS”

He cannot be my disciple.
Luke 14:26, 27, 33

If we hate not family and even our own lives; if we bear not our cross and come after Him; if we forsake not all that we have, we cannot be His disciples. He does not say we will be poor disciples, He says we cannot be His disciples at all. Tone it down all you will, the cleverest exegesis cannot do much with this threefold test. Why is it that we are so silent on such texts today? We have let down the bars and we take all comers. Our catch-all invitations gather in a motley mixture, a mixed multitude. Screen them with these three “cannots” and see how much wheat is left when the chaff is gone!

These words were spoken to a great multitude. We would be flattered by such a following, but our Lord immediately thinned His crowd. Is it not time we whittled down Gideon’s unwieldy band to a hard core of effectives? But, alas, this is the day of statistics, and we must make a good showing on the books.

Devotion of the Day

CONFIDENCE AND COMMITTAL

I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
II Timothy 1:12

Paul’s confidence in Christ led to committal. In the home town of my boyhood days we had two banks. I had confidence in both, but committed my money to only one. A man might have utmost confidence in a bank but it will not keep his money until he deposits it. Paul made the deposit.

The housewife who, when told to endorse a check, wrote, “I heartily endorse this check,” was not unlike some of us in spiritual matters. We endorse the Bible as God’s Word and Jesus as God’s Son, but we do not actually “sign our name,” we do not make it personal. We believe, but we do not commit all we are and have to it.

Have you made the deposit? He will keep what you commit. Be sure your faith is confidence plus committal.