Theme: STRIVE TO BE SAVED
Text: “… And a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.” – Malachi 3:16,17.
Comment: Being humans, there comes a time when one is tempted to give up on the practice of righteousness owing to the weight of Satan’s attacks by way of temptation. At that moment, he, being a spirit, makes us feel that either our efforts are just not enough to please God or that God does not take account of our services. It is at such times we ought to draw nearer to God in prayers, practice His righteousness and give ourselves to studies of the Scriptures even the more, “Lest satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” – 2 Corinthians 2:11.
There is every gain in serving God. This is contrary to the belief of some that “It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance…?” (Malachi 3:13,14). In His appointed time, God has promised to beautify the righteous with long life and other attendant blessings by His grace. – Psalm 149:4. In Hebrews 6:10, St. Paul wrote: “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”
The lesson from today’s devotional therefore is that we should “not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” – Galatians 6:9.