Scripture: Luke 1:5–7
Song: “Go Forth at Christ’s Command”
As a 10-year-old, I visited my Uncle Mel and Aunt Millie one summer. Since Mel was a preacher, I knew that meant going to church. Not exactly my idea of a vacation, rating only slightly higher than going to the dentist. On Sunday morning, I put on my [dress clothes]. “Why are you wearing that stuff?” my uncle asked. “You better change into some blue jeans and grab a cowboy hat—you might need them later.” Now he had my attention.
My aunt and uncle were a dedicated couple who obeyed God in all things. They sponsored a youth outreach with riding horses on Sunday afternoons. They also hosted a carnival on the church grounds every summer. Some members thought they were foolish; others left the church. The complaining stopped, however, when revival spread to the surrounding churches and nearby cities.
Following God and living uprightly has benefits. Elizabeth and Zechariah conceived a child of promise. For Mel and Millie, God granted what they wanted most: salvation for their [family] and revival for their city.
Precious Lord, teach me to live my life in obedience to Your will. Even when Your ways seem unconventional to some, may I always follow the path You have marked out for me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
“All That He Commanded” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2007 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.