1 Samuel 2:27-36
Judgment. Consequences. These are unpopular words in our modern Christian lexicon. Besides, they sound so old-fashioned, mean-spirited and judgmental. After all, haven’t we evolved beyond these outdated, outmoded and frankly primeval assessments about human behavior?
As much as we would like to move beyond these concepts in favor of more flowery things such as optimism, joy and positive possibilities, scripture confronts us with judgment and consequences, especially those in leadership.
We hear many who revel and boast of the promises God has given to his followers and servants. Yet, the promises of God do not mean we have the ability to hold, or have contempt for the call and the responsibilities that God’s call has upon us. No, the call of God is serious and has great judgment and consequences for those whom it falls upon.
It’s a wonderful thing to have the call of ministry on your life, but it comes with a set of expectations and duties set forth by the Almighty himself. Failure to be faithful in the execution of these duties can and will result in judgment and consequence for those who take it for granted.
Prayer: Father, help us be faithful in our calling. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Carlin Ours, Pastor of Organ Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC.