Octavius Winslow has been a great encouragement to me over many years. His writings are full of Christ. Since Reformation Heritage republished his Morning Thoughts in 2003, it has been my favorite book to recommend for daily, devotional reading. Fortunately, Morning Thoughts is readily available on the web, too.
Today’s thought is based on Romans 8:29, “that he might be the firstborn of many brethren.” It is so appropriate for what is happening today. The recovery of the gospel and its centrality to all of life is resulting in renewed–and sometimes new–fellowship among brothers and sisters who a few years ago would not have regarded one another very kindly. Such fellowship is crossing denominational lines and theological traditions. It is very encouraging to see brothers come together not over political alliances or tertiary issues but on the basis of the gospel.
This renewed fellowship befits the younger brothers of Jesus. It is not a syrupy, spineless ecumenism that pretends we do not have any differences. Rather, it is a robust love for all those who love the Lord Jesus in sincerity. Frankly, I do not see how anyone whose love for the Lord Jesus is sincere cannot be encouraged over this renewal of gospel fellowship that is arising out of a renewed commitment to the gospel itself. John says, “Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him” (1 John 5:1).
Nevertheless, there are some who, rather than join in this movement of God’s Spirit, seem intent on undermining with accusations of conspiracies and compromise. I pity such people. Their spirit is contrary to spirit of Jesus and the Word of God. Winslow understood that. And his morning thought for today could not be more timely.
If you don’t understand all the talk about the centrality of the gospel, commit yourself to read Winslow’s Morning Thoughts for the next year. Even if you are not convinced, you will certainly be helped to see what so many in our day are getting excited about with the recovery of the gospel and its centrality to every aspect of life. The excerpt from today’s reading will give you a taste of what to expect.
Romans 8:29, “That he might be the firstborn among many brethren”