Devotion of the Day

Come for Yourself

Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out.
John 6:37

Various “rules” and “steps” have been proposed for seekers after salvation, the filling of the Spirit, guidance and other experiences of the Christian life. Sometimes they confuse more than they clarify. No two experiences are alike. We tend to make a norm of our own and force it upon others. Coming to Jesus is a personal matter, not a dry business procedure. Nobody ever fell in love by reading books on how to fall in love. We meet someone, associate with someone, and either fall in love or not fall in love. There are, indeed, certain conditions that must be met in a personal knowledge of Christ, but it is more like falling in love than a cold business deal. There is a sense of need, a drawing near, a fellowship that ripens with the years. The expressions and manifestations vary with different types and temperaments. Do not try to imitate a made-to-order experience handed down from someone else. He invites you to come as you are and know Him for yourself.

The daily devotions are from Day by Day by Vance Havner. Fleming H. Revell Company, 1953.

Devotion of the Day

Christ or Antichrist

He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
Matthew 12:30

After all is said and done, the real issue today, as always, is Christ or Antichrist. We try to move the focal point elsewhere, but here is where the battle rages. And if Christ is the issue, then for us the supreme matte is (1) to become a Christian; (2) to become a better Christian daily; (3) to help other Christians to be better Christians, and (4) to help those who are not Christians to become Christians. We gather with Him, or we scatter abroad.

This is our real “program,” faith in Christ, fellowship with Christ, faithfulness to Christ, fruitfulness for Christ. It simplifies life to one thing, just to be a Christian, a believer in Christ, a follower of Christ, a witness of Christ.

Anything less is not enough. Anything more is too much. “With me” – there is our position; “gathering” – there is our practice. “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” Following and fishing!

Are you Christian or Antichristian?

The daily devotions are from Day by Day by Vance Havner. Fleming H. Revell Company, 1953.