Does who you are on Sunday make any difference on Monday? After preaching at a revival, an evangelist did something unusual. He asked everyone in the crowd to witness to the person sitting beside them. A little boy got out of his seat and walked up to the preacher. “Do you know Jesus as your Savior?” he asked sincerely.

The evangelist was offended at the boy’s question and answered, “Young man, I want you to know I’m an ordained deacon.”

With sincerity and meekness, the boy said, “It doesn’t matter, Sir. God will still save you.”

Praise God, He saved us in spite of ourselves! But do we live with the assurance of our salvation? It’s one thing to believe this on Sunday, but another to apply it during the week. People can’t understand the Christian who acknowledges God as his Father on Sunday, but acts like an orphan on Monday.

We need to remember that the same God Who provided us with encouragement from His Word on Sunday will give us strength and protection for the battles on Monday. But way too quickly, we forget about God’s unconditional love and focus on people who don’t like us or who have let us down. We get more concerned about what others think about us than what God thinks. Finally, God’s Word becomes a distant memory as the troubles and frustrations of life pile up. Rather than living like King’s Kids, we act like orphans without a loving Heavenly Father.

Friend, you have a loving Heavenly Father, and He wants you to live like His child—not just on Sunday, but throughout the week. Don’t forget who you are.

I want deliberately to encourage this mighty longing after God. The lack of it has brought us to our present low estate. — A.W. Tozer

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder