And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
Today's Morsel: One of the first steps to a reprobate mind is self justification. The apostle Paul told the church at Corinth to exam themselves to make sure that they were in the faith to avoid becoming reprobates, (my wording - see 2 Corinthians 13:5-6). Jeremiah said that our heart is deceitful and wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). And King Solomon said that he that trusts in his own heart is a fool (Proverbs 28:26). In today's passage, the lawyer knew the correct answer to his question, but the Bible says that he wanted to justify himself. When we try to find an excuse to not do what the word of God tells us to do, we are heading down the path where God can no longer use us, that reprobate path, and then we become that salt which Jesus said was good for nothing but to be cast out and trodden under the feet of men (Matthew 5:13).
Sing: Throw out the Life-Line! Throw out the Life-Line! Someone is drifting away; Throw out the Life-Line! Throw out the Life-Line! Someone is sinking today.
Thought for Today: "The first step to a reprobate mind is self-justification" (Bean)