Last Full Measure of Devotion – November 2019


We are having a Remembrance Day service on November 10th. I would encourage you all to be mindful of all of those who have given of themselves for our freedoms and safety. Most especially, those who have given the “last full measure of devotion” for us. My great uncle died in Italy in during the Second World War. Another of my great uncles came back from WW2 and struggled with what he had seen and done for the rest of his life.

I have recently heard of pastors who are also giving their full measure of devotion to serve God and reach people for Him. They are paying the price to win a war for people’s eternal freedom. Pastors and their wives also get counseling from PTSD counselors due to the trauma they face in ministry. They are pouring out their lives like a drink offering before God (Phil 2:17; 2 Tim 4:6).

What I am leading to here are people who have devoted themselves and given in their devotion. I am thankful for the many people who have given their time, energy and resources to God in their devoted work here at Freedom Centre Church—you know who you are. I also want to encourage and challenge us all to not grow weary in well-doing (Rom 2:7; Gal 6:9). I do not want any to be cunningly “led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ” (2 Cor 11:3). We all must give an account to the Lord. Let none of us have to admit that we held back in our devotion to Him.

So, I call us all to humility in recognizing the great sacrifice the our Lord gave for us without holding back anything. He left it all on the field, as they say. Remembrance of the sacrifices of others recognizes that we have not gotten here on our own. It also calls us to prayer. Prayerlessness is rooted in pride. God is gracious and there are many battles still to be won for the hearts of people.

Journeying with you,

Pastor Merril


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