Daily Devotional

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Saving Remnant

For the unbelieving husband is made holy through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy through her husband. 1 Corinthians 7:14

If you read through the Bible, you may begin to recognize a theme emerging that the faithfulness of the few winds up sanctifying the many. God told Abraham that through him—because of his faithfulness—all the nations of the world would be blessed. The Hebrews—a remnant people to be sure—were supposed to pray for and serve as a blessing to communities of which they were a part. And here in Paul’s letter to the Christians in Corinth, we find that a believing spouse makes their entire family holy. A faithful remnant of people can serve as an avenue to salvation for people who do not recognize or observe God’s commands. If you are a person of faith—even if your faith is less than sure—your efforts please God enough to cover not only your own sins but also the errors of others.

What does it mean to be a faithful remnant?

Lord, thinking of ourselves as the faithful remnant can lead to a sense of superiority. When we believe we have something figured out, when we feel as though we have found the way, when we feel we are in the right, we tend to look down on others who are not as faithful. This thinking so often leads to the abuse, neglect, and ostracism of people you call us to love and serve. To know you and love you is a great responsibility. It is not a cause for pride, but a call to earnestness. I pray that you help me to live peacefully, lovingly, and carefully in your name. AMEN.