Daily Devotions: October 8, 2017

Matthew 21:42-46

“Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom.” vs. 43

Sometimes we get the notion that we are indispensable, that if we don’t do the work that we have been given, it just isn’t going to be done. But that’s not how it works in the kingdom of God. Jesus is pretty plain about that! He bluntly tells the religious leaders that if they don’t produce the fruits of the kingdom, God is going to find someone who will. And that’s how it continues with those of us who call ourselves the followers of Jesus. Just wearing a cross and remembering our baptisms isn’t enough if we don’t live by kingdom standards and show the love in our deeds and actions as well as by our words. Reputation and heritage don’t mean a thing if we’re not actually living as God desires. Even wrapping ourselves in the mantle of grace and celebrating proper theology won’t mean our salvation if there isn’t any fruit. This isn’t to say that grace and faith are unimportant…they most certainly are! But they’re nothing if our lives are barren and fruitless. And, if with our doctrines and confessions we still fall short, Jesus reminds us that someone will step up to get the good work done. If may even be that those we hold in contempt for their inadequate creeds will be the ones who get it right. Ultimately, after all, God’s will will be done!

Thought for the Day: Who might get the job done if we fall short?

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