Hosea 3:1-5; Acts 21:15-26; Luke 5:27-39
I fondly recall a time in my ministry a decade ago when a man would not come worship with us because he did not have the clothing he felt would be acceptable in a church. I told him that if he would just come the next Sunday, I would wear jeans, if that would make him feel more comfortable. The next Sunday, I dressed in blue jeans and thankfully, he came to church with his wife and child. He was amazed that I kept my promise, and his family continued to worship with us for years thereafter. It seemed like a small matter, though to him—and I am sure to some in the congregation—it was a big deal.
In each of our readings today, we see examples of the seemingly drastic measures that God will go to sometimes in order to bring people to repentance. May we bear in mind, as God calls us to lead sinners to repentance, that we too are poor sinners for whom the Father employed the most drastic measure of all: he sent his own Son to die for our sins.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for daily leading us to repentance and the abundant forgiveness available through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.