PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Don't Let the Sacred Become CommonplaceTim Savage
20 Then Jesus began to denounce the towns where he had done so many of his miracles, because they hadn’t repented of their sins and turned to God. 21 “What sorrow awaits you, Korazin and Bethsaida! For if the miracles I did in you had been done in wicked Tyre and Sidon, their people would have repented of their sins long ago, clothing themselves in burlap and throwing ashes on their heads to show their remorse. 22 I tell you, Tyre and Sidon will be better off on judgment day than you. Matthew 11
We here in the US have so much. We here in Hawaii have all that the mainland has, plus we live in paradise. We are blessed beyond belief. Anyone who has ever traveled to third world countries knows that we have an almost indecent amount of food and resources. Many countries could live just off of our waste. In this passage, Jesus is basically saying that, to whom much is given, much is expected. In the towns of Korazin and Bethsaida many miracles were performed and ministry was happening, but instead of lasting revival, the sacred became commonplace. There was an abundance of Christian activity, but no deep and lasting change. I’m sure people still gathered to watch the spectacle of a miracle, but even miracles became routine if people didn’t let it affect them in their hearts, minds and souls.
We have an abundance of natural materials, technology and intelligence. We live an amazingly comfortable life, with most of our basic needs far exceeded, but in all of our provision are we appreciative and do we give thanks to the Provider in serving Him with all of our heart, soul and mind? We run the same very grave risk that Korazin and Bethsaida faced, harsh judgment because of a lack of faith in the midst of plenty. We would be better off living as a third world country, then, we would appreciate the blessings of the Father. To whom much is given, much is expected. In this Thanksgiving week, may I fully appreciate and be grateful for the enormous amount we have and may I use these resources to serve my Lord and Savior.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for all that You do for me. Thank You for provision beyond our needs. Thank You for my family and my Church brothers and sisters. Thank You for the talents and skills You've provided and thank You for giving me the honor of serving You, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. In Jesus name, Amen