Daily Devotional
How NOT to Live

“Moreover you know also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he did to the two commanders of the armies of Israel, to Abner the son of Ner and Amasa the son of Jether, whom he killed. And he shed the blood of war in peacetime, and put the blood of war on his belt that was around his waist, and on his sandals that were on his feet.”

1 Kings 2:5

Ponder This

Joab fought alongside David. He fought for David. He worked for David. He respected David. He looked up to David, and he spent his entire life for David only to receive the wrath of David and the judgment of David at the end of his life. That’s a tragedy. The only thing sadder is for modern-day Christians to be in the church, work in the church, admire Jesus, respect Jesus, fight for Jesus, serve Jesus, but die and go to Hell under the wrath of Jesus. We should pay very close attention to a man who was very loyal and very lost. There are those today who will find the same to be true at the end of their lives. They may be like Joab in the Old Testament. They may be like Judas in the New Testament. It is vitally important that each day we assess the affections of our hearts and the motives of our service. Are you serving Jesus from a pure heart? Or are you serving like Joab?

  • What are some ways we might serve Jesus like Joab or Judas today?
  • How can you assess the real intentions of your heart each day?

Practice This

Take time to evaluate your service of Jesus today. Ask God to make clear to you if your motives are right or not.


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