"From there he moved on to the hill country on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and invoked the name of the Lord." Genesis 12:8
Many professional athletes proudly wear the corporate logo or company colors of those who sponsor them. They have no qualms at all in identifying themselves with the products and purposes of those who finance their careers.
When Abraham pitched his tent near Bethel, he boldly identified himself with the Lord. God not only called him to leave family and all that was familiar, but also provided for his needs along the way. In response, Abraham built an altar to God. This was not only an act of worship but also a public declaration to everyone who saw it that he was a worshiper of Yahweh. Furthermore, he "called on the name of the Lord"--that is, he publicly acknowledged his commitment to and need for the God of Israel.
Today in this Church age, I must ask myself, have I publicly declared to those around me that I am a worshiper of Christ? Have I publicly acknowledged my commitment to and need for Jesus; and am I faithfully carrying out that commitment?
On an average Sunday in America, over 30% of those associated with a local church will not attend. Will I be one of those who will not be there to publicly worship God and declare my allegiance to Him?
"Whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God......" Luke 12:8 Refuse to be slack in your commitment to the One who loves you and provides for your salvation.
May the Savior bless you and keep you today, and never forget that you are loved!!!
Henry D. is from Southern Indiana and writes these wonderful daily devotionals to encourage those at the Dogwood Community Church located in Paoli, Indiana. Henry has graciously agreed to share these wonderful devotionals here at Without Excuse Ministries to encourage you our valued guest!