Devotion of the Day

Them Twain

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 7:21

We are constantly seeing living examples of “them twain,” the two sons in our Saviour’s parable (Mt. 21:28-32). One said, “I will not.” But later went. The other said, “I go, Sir,” but never went. We have seen some stubborn cases surprise everybody and become obedient servants. Alas, we have seen some walk down church aisles and make a fine show of consecration who never show up in the vineyard. They hear the Word and anon with joy receive it but have no root in themselves and are soon offended.

I am not too elated over your youngster with a chestful of medals and a head full of memory verses. He may volunteer for foreign missions, give a ringing testimony—and never show up in the vineyard. Nor am I too depressed over your headstrong chap who stands adamant while others yield. Young Saul did that for a while.

I am not discrediting the medals, the memory verses and the testimony on the one hand, nor minimizing stubbornness on the other. But the final test of “them twain” in our Saviour’s story, as well as in the text for the day, is not saying “Lord, Lord,” but doing the Father’s will. ”

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

Devotion of the Day

How to Keep Fresh

We preach not ourselves but Christ Jesus the Lord.
II Corinthians 4:5

Make Jesus Christ your theme! I have seen preachers espouse causes and champion movements, and when the cause died and the movement collapsed, the preacher vanished too. But the man who glories in Christ never grows stale. Jesus Christ is perennial and he who makes his boast in Him stays forever fresh. He shall bring forth his fruit in his season, his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

How long it takes us to learn that the issue is simply Jesus! We read books and feel that the magic word is sure to appear on the next page, but it doesn’t. We read biography, but we cannot live on second-hand experience. We try to work up visions and ecstasies of our own, but even if we succeed the glory fades. At last we arrive where we should have started, to learn that

once it was the blessing;
Now it is the Lord.

It is all Jesus. Why not start at center and work out instead of starting on the circumference and working in? “By him all things consist.” Stand at the Hub and all the spokes are yours!”

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