Topic: For Sign Or Salvation?
[DCLM Daily Manna 11 May 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Luke 11:29-36 (KJV)
Key Verse: “And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet” (Luke 11:29).
The market places in our various communities are a beehive of activities mainly connected with buying and selling. However, the whole crowd do not go into the market to buy the same product. Each individual focuses on what he is in the market to procure. The church is also a place of worship where people gather but it is clear that some people come there for various reasons other than seeking for salvation. The story was told recently of a young man caught in the house of God stealing from people’s bags when praying with eyes closed. The young man came to the church certainly not for a godly purpose of seeking spiritual edification but to steal. Some others do not come to steal but are only passionate about receiving miracles, prosperity, deliverance, spouse, etc.
The text reveals Christ’s encounter with a crowd which came to one of his public ministrations. He could see right into them and therefore wasted no time in rebuking them for seeking Him for the wrong motives. The allusion to the people of Niveneh was to point their attention to the demand of God from them “… for they repented at the preaching of Jonas…”
The church is not a center for entertainment, neither is it a place of commerce as many have turned it. We must understand that seeking for miracles, prosperity, breakthrough, deliverance and so on are not wrong. But to seek for them to the exclusion of the salvation of one’s soul is disastrous. Those who go to church just to admire the pastor’s message, seek for position or wife/husband or to enjoy the service are no doubts lost in the crowd.
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Thought For The Day: Always seek God with a right motive.
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