Daily Devotional

Do You Belong to the Master?

by Simon Whitton

22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession."
23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, "Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us."
24 He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel."
25 The woman came and knelt before him. "Lord, help me!" she said.
26 He replied, "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs."
27 "Yes, Lord," she said, "but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table."
28 Then Jesus answered, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Matthew 15:22-28 NIV

What a remarkable story.  At first Jesus ignored the Canaanite woman, then He refused to help her and even called her a dog!  But something in her response caused Jesus to change His mind, grant her request and compliment her.  We can learn something from this woman.

Have you ever felt ignored or criticized by the Lord?  Perhaps you even feel disqualified from His help because of who you are or something you've done.  Like this woman, you may not even be worthy to be called a child of God.

The first thing we can learn from the Canaanite woman is that she humbly accepted the label the Lord gave her.  She didn't try to dispute what He called her.

We must do the same.  When God labels us a gossip, thief, adulterer or law breaker, acknowledge it before Him with humility.

The second and most important thing we can learn is that although she admitted she was a contemptuous dog, she declared that she was the 'Master's dog'.  She belonged to Him.
To declare that we belong to Him requires just a little faith.  But Jesus is impressed by faith, not by our adherence to the law.

We may be a gossip, thief, adulterer or law breaker, but we are the Master's law breaker.  We may be the lowest in the Kingdom of God, but we are in the Kingdom of God.

Spend some time in prayer and acknowledge where you are worthless dog, but thank Him that you are His dog, you belong to Him.  Then ask for those crumbs from the Master's table.

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