Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Friday, July 10, 2020

Theme: THE ESSENCE OF WORSHIP

Text:  “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” – Matthew 7:13, 14.

Comment: One who decides to worship God in truth and who does so sincerely and diligently should know that he has clearly pitched his tent on the Lord’s side.  The devil, the archenemy of God and man and all that answers to unrighteousness, will therefore see him as an enemy. The devil will try by all means to make the road to be rough and dreary but by the power of God he will do valiantly and triumph by His grace. The end result of true worship, which is salvation – complete deliverance from sin and its consequences including death –  will be the reward of the faithful.   Jesus Christ, stressing the importance of salvation, called on his hearers during his earthly Ministry to enter, in at the straight (difficult) gate, according the text under reference. It was because of this understanding that Apostle Paul exhorted the Christians in the early Church on the vital need for patience, watchfulness, prayer and continuance in well doing. “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution”. (Acts 14:22;  See also 2 Timothy 3:12) This shows that the true worship of God calls for sacrifice and readiness to suffer reproach for Christ’s sake with the hope that God will bless and reward all His sincere worshippers with salvation if they continue till the end by His grace and power.