20 Trinity – Friday

Past Devotions

This weeks devotions: Sunday – Monday – Tuesday Wednesday – Thursday




Daily Devotional Materials

Twentieth Sunday after Trinity

– Friday –



Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? – Matthew 18:1.

What we would say in answer to this question might be wrong.  Let us see what answer the Savior gave to this question.  He said: “If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all and servant of all” (Mark 9:35).  What does His answer teach us? It teaches us three things: 1. It is right for a Christian to desire to be first in the kingdom of God, that is, to wish to do more for the kingdom of God than any other Christian, and also earnestly to attempt this.  2. In doing this, such a Christian must consider himself nothing but a poor sinner, which indeed he is, and deeply deplore that he has done so little, but esteem every other Christian “better than [himself] (Philippians 2:3-4).  3. In doing this, he again must serve all others and make himself their servant, for in the kingdom of God service is what is wanted and needed.  Whom, therefore, does our Lord call the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?  Him who uses his best endeavors to amount to something in the kingdom of God, but at the same time esteems himself less than others, and serves others with the greatest humility. The Savior further answered the above question by setting a little child in the midst of His disciples and saying: “Verily, I say unto you, Except ye be converted [continued conversion, continued turning with a contrite heart from sin to the free grace of God in Christ for the forgiveness of such sin] and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3-4).  Jesus, two chapters later, in Matthew 20, once again touched on the subject of true Christian greatness when He said to the twelve: “Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister [your servant], and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant, even as the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto [to be served], but to minister [to serve] and to give His life a ransom for many” (vv. 27-28)

PRAYER – Lord Jesus, keep me, one of Thy dear children, more and more humble toward Thee and toward others, ever remembering Thy humility in serving me and the whole world of sinners, to give me everlasting freedom from Thy holy wrath and from the curse of the Law, by being made a curse for me, in my place, so that, as a result of Thy substitutionary obedience and sacrifice, my sins are not held against me and I am righteous in Thy sight.  Keep me one of Thy believing sheep now and until the end of my life in this world.  Amen.


* Adapted and revised from original publication



Bible Reading

Weekly Reading Theme: Sanctification

Romans 6:12-23
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Additional Material

PDF Print Edition. – The print editions can be of benefit to those who are receiving the web page based devotions as a convenient means for sharing in the family circle during home devotional reading, for individual bible study time, or for sharing with friends, co-workers etc.The objective of the print edition is to keep its size to one standard size sheet of paper per day in an abbreviated format, it has also been designed with a wide left hand margin for use in a three ring binder if you choose to retain them for the entire year.



Forward your E-mail or Text message to others
and encourage them to enroll. Click Here


Need to make changes to how you are
receiving these daily devotions? Click Here




Tagged with: