Have You Caught It Yet? – Dr. James A. Scudder

Today’s Scripture: Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel. Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face. I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children. For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me. Psalms 69:6‑9

Excitement is contagious. If you sneezed in a crowd full of people, would they catch it from you? When I became a Christian, I was in a fraternity at a state university, and I told everybody about my salvation. The fraternity members were going to put me out, but they decided to let me stay another year. They figured I’d get over it. But I got worse — I decided to attend a Bible college and take some friends from the university with me.

Later on, some of the former university students who were attending Bible college with me visited their old campus. During their visit, even more students trusted in Christ. One young man debated a college professor, and the professor trusted Christ during the debate. The group also won some of the athletes from the university’s basketball, football, and cheerleading teams to Christ. The Christian life was new to them, and they couldn’t help telling others about it. They had real excitement.

You can’t be forced to serve Christ by following every law in the Bible to the “T,” because this only creates a sense of duty. The best kind of service is motivated by a love for Christ, which produces real excitement about the work we are doing.

Why do you serve Christ today? Life is hard, and the challenges will drain you of your energy and strength. You will have days when you feel ready to collapse on the couch from exhaustion. That is when your love for Christ will pick you up and provide the strength you need to give your best effort one more time. Have you caught it yet?

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder

Have You Caught It Yet? – Dr. James A. Scudder

Today’s Scripture: Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel. Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face. I am become a...

Important Enough to Remake – Jim Scudder Jr.

Today’s Scripture: There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 1 Corinthians 15:40 Our soul and spirit are very important, but so is our body. If our body wasn’t...

Love Works – Jim Scudder Jr.

Today’s Scripture: Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8 Not long ago, a certain gas station in Thessaloniki, Greece, discovered itself to be in a very explosive situation.  During the...

Love Works – Jim Scudder Jr.

Today’s Scripture: Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8 Not long ago, a gas station in Greece discovered itself to be in a very explosive situation.  During the installation of a new tank...

In the End, We Win! – Dr. James A. Scudder

Today’s Scripture: Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12 I wouldn’t trade anything in the world for the blessings God has given me. Before I came to Chicago, everyone told me, “If you go to Chicago, you will...

Having a Rhoda Moment? – Jim Scudder Jr.

Today’s Scripture: Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. Acts 12:5 Herod Agrippa was determined that this time Peter would die. Chained between two soldiers, behind thick prison walls, Peter was...

Aim High – Jim Scudder Jr.

Today’s Scripture: And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and...

Walking in the Steps of Dad – Jim Scudder Jr.

Today’s Scripture: And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4 There was a father going out to the stable to feed the horses during a blizzard. From the house to the stable, he...

But You Promised – Jim Scudder Jr.

Today’s Scripture: And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. 1 John 2:25 There was a man who had lost his camel. He was so furious that the camel was lost, he said, “If I ever find that camel, I will sell it for one dollar.” Shortly...

Stand Up – Jim Scudder Jr.

Today’s Scripture: And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.  But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man. Acts 10:25‑26 Peter had just seen a vision where God told him not to call the...