Today’s Readings: Daniel 1:1-21; 1 John 1:1-10; John 17:1-11
There was a certain fellowship that bound Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. These kindred souls trusted in the Lord’s providence instead of the king’s. God made them strong, not only in body, but in knowledge and wisdom. This is the very kind of fellowship that we share with one another. Yet our fellowship is not only with one another, but also with “the Father and his Son Jesus Christ.”
The Church’s fellowship is just as strict as that of the four youths who served the king of Babylon. Yet ours is not the typical educational and dietary disciplines. Instead, we read and study the message that was inspired and revealed by God’s Spirit, proclaimed by patriarch’s, prophets, apostles, and finally spoken by the very Son of God (Heb 1:1-2). Instead of a select few receiving a portion of the wine and food that earthly kings eat, all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ are invited to receive a more blessed and holy meal from the King of kings.
Our fellowship is in knowledge of the only true God, forgiveness of sin, and eternal life.
Prayer: Help me to walk in your light, O Lord, enjoying fellowship with all of your saints. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman, Communications Coordinator for the NALC and Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Advance, NC.