All That He Commanded

Millie & MelvinBoth of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly (Luke 1:6).

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.

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4 thoughts on “All That He Commanded

  1. Lynn Hare

    Charles, I pray God uses you and me to bring revival, in fresh creative ways, and throw off the distraction of criticism. The man who says it can’t be done will most likely be interrupted by those of us doing it.

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