Sunday, 29 May 2016
Our Daily Bread devotional, May 29, 2016 - Can’t Die But Once
Topic: Can’t Die But Once [May 29, 2016]
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Matthew 10:28
Born into slavery and badly treated as a young girl, Harriet Tubman (c. 1822–1913) found a shining ray of hope in the Bible stories her mother told. The account of Israel’s escape from slavery under Pharaoh showed her a God who desired freedom for His people.
Harriet found freedom when she slipped over the Maryland state line and out of slavery. She couldn’t remain content, however, knowing so many were still trapped in captivity. So she led more than a dozen rescue missions to free those still in slavery, dismissing the personal danger. “I can’t die but once,” she said.
Harriet knew the truth of the statement: “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul” (Matt. 10:28). Jesus spoke those words as He sent His disciples on their first mission. He knew they would face danger, and not everyone would receive them warmly. So why expose the disciples to the risk? The answer is found in the previous chapter. “When he saw the crowds, [Jesus] had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (9:36).
When Harriet Tubman couldn’t forget those still trapped in slavery, she showed us a picture of Christ, who did not forget us when we were trapped in our sins. Her courageous example inspires us to remember those who remain without hope in the world.
Read: Matthew 10:26–32, Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 7–9; John 11:1-29
Prayer: May we find our peace and purpose in You, Lord, and share You with others.
This message was written by Tim Gustafson [Our Daily Bread Ministries.]