|Today’s Scripture: And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee. Matthew 11:23-24|
|The seaside village of Capernaum lay in the distance as Jesus addressed his disciples. Because the people of Nazareth rejected Him, He had moved his headquarters to Capernaum. He had done many miracles there, and the people had seen so many healings that they knew He was from God. Nicodemus said, “We know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.” (John 3:2) They had all the evidence in the world, yet they refused to accept him.
Christ made a very strong statement when He said that it would be more tolerable for Sodom than Capernaum in the day of judgment. Sodom had been destroyed by God because of its wickedness and homosexuality, yet Jesus said that if He had done the miracles in Sodom, it would have still existed. Capernaum had seen firsthand the power of God and had rejected Jesus as the Messiah.
Luke 12:48b says, “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” People expect more from those who have more, and God expects more from those who know the truth. For example, if a factory worker gave $100 towards a charity, people would appreciate the gift, but if a large company announced that they would give a donation and gave the same amount, people would look down at that company because they could have done more.
God also expects more from those who have the truth. We are responsible for how we use what God has given us. Do you have a Bible? Many people have been persecuted and martyred for owning or spreading God’s Word. Do you live in a country where you have the freedom to worship God without the fear of being killed for your faith? Even today, many are facing severe persecution for their faith. What are you doing with your freedoms to read God’s Word, go to church, and share the Gospel?
We have been given so much! Let’s not waste our lives following temporal pursuits and the things of this world. We need to be aware that one day we will stand before Christ and have to give account of our lives. Serve Him today knowing that you have been given much, and much is required from you!
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.