Amos 8:1-14, Revelation 1:17-20; 2:1-7, Matthew 23:1-12
Throughout history, humanity has changed little. Yet, God continues to call us his own through his Word and Sacraments.
God showed Amos the corruption, greed, and treacherous human trafficking of his people. God’s people no longer had hearts for God’s Word or worship. They even forbid the prophets prophesying.
Centuries later, Jesus denounces the Scribes and Pharisees for their miserable stewardship of their sacred duties. He acknowledged their teachings as God’s, yet called their own behavior hypocritical. They required much from the people yet did not follow their own teachings.
Finally, John’s encounter with the risen Christ, calls the Church to be vigilant in faithful teaching and living. He calls us all to remember our passion and love of God and his Word. He calls us to repent and return to joyful, good, and faithful living.
Jesus is the one true authoritative teacher and revealer of God’s mercy and grace for all Christians. God calls all to repentance and renewal. Yes, all will be held accountable.
Yet, the Father sent his only Son, Christ Jesus to die for us, that we might have life eternally with him. That is the ultimate Gift.
Prayer: Precious Lord; strengthen our faith and keep us always in your will. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Rev. Janice Kelly, NALC pastor.