Our Daily Elder Devotional
We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.
Today’s devotional comes from “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.
Witness to the World
Romans 12:15New King James Version (NKJV)
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
Jesus ate with publicans and sinners. Nearly everyone He associated with was an outcast. But His relationship with them was not purely social; it was redemptive.
We must not get our worlds mixed up at this point. God meant that we are not to mingle with the world and be polluted by the world, but we are to witness to the world. We are to “weep with those who weep,” suffer with those who suffer, and identify ourselves with the poor, the sick, and the needy in body, mind, and spirit. How else can we reach them for Christ?
We are to love those who are involved in the world without being contaminated, influenced, or swayed by them. We achieve this distinction only by a close walk with Christ. Like Him, we are to be in the world, but not of the world.
It is good for a ship to be in the sea, but bad when the sea gets into the ship.