How much different are we than Lazarus? The answer should be: not much. Every day we are being called to new life, a life that once was dead in sin but has now been enlivened by the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ.
When we are called from death, into life, the enemy takes notice. The world takes a second glance, and tries even harder to create stumbling blocks. We keep pressing on. We praise God even more. We stand among those palm branch holding, hosanna speaking witnesses to Jesus’ marvelous handiwork of Grace and Salvation. Our very soul cries out, just as they did two thousand years ago, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
I believe that the greatest compliment the enemy could ever give us is, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after Him!” Have you thrown aside everything, and “gone after Him?” Are we saying to ourselves daily that out of our mouths will come right praise, and that we will tell the truth no matter what is at stake? (Prov 8:6-7) I hope so, because that is what new life in Christ brings!
Prayer: Gracious God, we pray that today you would enable us, your people, to follow and serve you, always! Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Seminarian Joshua Morgan,
Vicar at Mayer Memorial Lutheran Church in Newberry, SC.