• Five Foolish Virgins Devotional

    Matthew 25:1–13

    We cannot trust in the spiritual readiness of others. Being ready to enter the kingdom at our Lord’s return or, should He tarry, to remain faithful when our rescue seems long in coming is something that we are responsible for as individuals. We must see that our lamps are being fed — that we are continually growing in the love of God and service to others. Otherwise our oil will run out and we will be revealed as foolish and faithless. View Resource

  • Investing for the Future Devotional

    Matthew 25:14–30

    No matter how much one earns or already possesses, it can be increased through patient and wise investing. Heavy consumer debt incurred because of our impatience creates a great burden on our ability to invest and grow our resources for the sake of our families, the church, and providing for the poor. Thus, we should endeavor to invest our funds wisely and avoid foolish financial decisions that would harm our ability to fund the work of the church and assist others. View Resource

  • Investing God’s Gift Devotional

    Matthew 25:14–30

    John Calvin says, “There will be no excuse of the indolence of those who both conceal the gifts of God, and waste their time in idleness.” Far too many professing Christians are content to sit around and not use their time, talent, and money for the kingdom. Are you one of these? Can the leaders in the church count on your service in one or more of its various ministries? If not, begin working today lest you meet the same fate as the unprofitable servant. View Resource

  • Weeping and Gnashing Devotional

    Matthew 25:14–30

    Take some time today to consider the reality of hell. How does its existence affect your life? Do you take it so seriously that you are looking for opportunities to share the Gospel with others so that they might escape its punishment? Spend some time today meditating on the passages selected for further study and ask the Lord to impress their reality upon your heart. Let the knowledge of hell’s existence motivate you to share the Gospel with non-believers. View Resource

  • Deacons Devotional

    Matthew 25:31–46

    Jesus tells us very clearly that those who want to be great in the kingdom of God must serve others (Matt. 23:11). None of us should ever think that we are too good or hold too high of a position to do particular tasks. Instead, we must be willing to do even the smallest and least enjoyable tasks when that is what is necessary to serve the needs of others. Let us serve others with gladness and fulfill Christ’s call to greatness. View Resource

  • Deacons Devotional

    Matthew 25:31–46

    Are you serving others in the church and in the world as God commands? Take some time to look at the priorities in your life and see whether you are serving others as God would have you do. Then, go to the deacons in your church, and offer your time and resources to help them provide for those in need. View Resource

  • The Great Separation Devotional

    Matthew 25:31–46

    If we must give an account to God for our careless words, then surely we should seek to be more careful with the words we speak to others (Matt. 12:36–37). Knowing that the Lord is just should make us aware of how we live, for God will not overlook any transgression. As believers, we are saved from His wrath, but we still must be thoughtful about our speech (James 3). Consider your words and try to say only those things that are pleasing to God. View Resource

  • The Sheep and the Goats Devotional

    Matthew 25:31–46

    We actually serve the Lord when we do simple acts of service for one another. It does not take much effort to make a meal for new parents or a family who has recently lost a loved one. A call or visit to the lonely or shut-in takes mere moments but can reap lasting rewards. The donation of time, money, or supplies to your church’s mercy ministry is an act of love for Jesus. Our profession of faith is invalid if we are not engaged in these or other similar activities. View Resource