• Associate Pastor Jeremy

Greatly Beloved

It’s been a very busy week and honestly I am tired, just as many of you are, too.  My heart is heavy this morning, and as I thought about writing a devotional I was sure there was not one in me, and certainly not one worth anyone’s time to read.  As I prayed about it the Lord led me to my favorite old-time preacher, Charles Spurgeon.  Below is today’s evening devotional from his “Morning and Evening” collection.  It was exactly what I needed today, and perhaps you may feel the same way. Before you read this, though, I encourage you to ponder the passage in Luke chapter 5 where Jesus is questioned about His involvement with sinners.  As you may know, the Pharisees had little patience or tolerance for anyone who did things that were against the strict religious laws (many of them manmade and not given by God).  They had no compassion or heart for the lost and sat in mighty pious judgement of those they deemed not good enough to ever be with God. After this he [Jesus] went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything, he rose and followed him. And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:27-32 Jesus knew the Pharisees hearts and that they were so self-righteous they could never accept the love, grace, and mercy He offered.  Yet the worst of the sinners gladly would, because they had nothing of their own to give.  Christ can only save sinners.  Consider this as you read what Spurgeon wrote, and have a blessed and restful weekend basking in the unmerited and unending love of Christ! “A Man Greatly Beloved” – Charles H. Spurgeon Child of God, do you hesitate to appropriate this title? Ah! has your unbelief made you forget that you are greatly beloved too? Must you not have been greatly beloved, to have been bought with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot? When God smote his only begotten Son for you, what was this but being greatly beloved? You lived in sin, and rioted in it, must you not have been greatly beloved for God to have borne so patiently with you? You were called by grace and led to a Saviour, and made a child of God and an heir of heaven. All this proves, does it not, a very great and superabounding love? Since that time, whether your path has been rough with troubles, or smooth with mercies, it has been full of proofs that you are a man greatly beloved. If the Lord has chastened you, yet not in anger; if he has made you poor, yet in grace you have been rich. The more unworthy you feel yourself to be, the more evidence have you that nothing but unspeakable love could have led the Lord Jesus to save such a soul as yours. The more demerit you feel, the clearer is the display of the abounding love of God in having chosen you, and called you, and made you an heir of bliss. Now, if there be such love between God and us let us live in the influence and sweetness of it, and use the privilege of our position. Do not let us approach our Lord as though we were strangers, or as though he were unwilling to hear us--for we are greatly beloved by our loving Father. "He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" Come boldly, O believer, for despite the whisperings of Satan and the doubtings of thine own heart, thou art greatly beloved. Meditate on the exceeding greatness and faithfulness of divine love this evening, and so go to thy bed in peace.

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