Exodus 5:1-6:1; 1 Cor. 14:20-33a, 39-40; Mark 9:42-50
There are two ways. One is, “Thus says the Lord,” and the other is, “Get back to your burdens.” Ironically, the burdensome way often seems easier. Do not be misled by appearances and circumstances; depend instead on the word of the Lord. His way is always the easy way—lighter and full of rest. (Matt 11:28-30) Refreshing of souls is always the result of obedience to God’s word. The first step is to leave behind the taxing ways of the world for the order of his kingdom. Take God at his word; it is the salt that seasons our souls.
God delivers us from the burden of sin by grace through faith, then places upon us the so-called demands of discipleship. We are tempted to think these duties are difficult, yet they are nothing more than keeping the faith together: being flavor, rest, and peace, not only to the Church but the world. The distinctive mark of the disciple is a salty faith that leaves behind the world’s burdens and embraces the “Thus says the Lord.” “Choose this day whom you will serve.” (Josh 24:15)
Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me your courage and strength to live out the faith according to your will. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.