Today the Church commemorates Samuel. Samuel called Old Testament Israel to repentance, just as Nathan called David to repentance. Our devotion comes from Meditations on the Gospels: According to His Word.
We all are sinners. We must be reminded of this fact time and again. Otherwise we may become callous and hard-hearted and unconcerned about our transgressions. But why rub it in? That is not the purpose of denouncing sin and calling attention to it. God wants us to see our shortcomings and trespasses so that we may turn from our sinful ways and be saved.
John the Baptist says, “Repent.” Ezekiel says, “Turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?” (Ezekiel 33:11). However, repentance is more than reforming; a sinner can reform and still be lost. We must turn to Jesus as the Savior who redeemed us with His blood. As we turn to Him in faith, He cleanses us and sends us on our way, transformed and renewed. We are new creations in Christ. Reborn, we bear the fruits of this rebirth. We now live for Christ and in Christ. We love Him because He first loved us. Therefore we bring forth the fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22–23).
Baptized with the Holy Spirit, we are aglow with an enthusiasm, consecration, and zeal for Christ that shows itself in word and action as we go through life. Daily we dedicate ourselves to Christ, who has laid down His life that we might be God’s own, reconciled and saved forevermore.
Devotion is adapted from Meditations on the Gospels: According to His Word, page 28–29 © 2009 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved. Scripture: ESV®.
Almighty God, in Your mercy You gave Samuel courage to call Israel to repentance and to renew their dedication to the Lord. Call us to repentance as Nathan called David to repentance, so by the blood of Jesus, the Son of David, we may receive the forgiveness of all our sins; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Prayer is from the Treasury of Daily Prayer, page 642 © 2008 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.