Devotions By Jan

Giant Japanese Spider Crab

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Scripture for Today: Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”

Photo Credit: Choo Yut Shing https://www.flickr.com/photos/25802865@N08/6968078569

This interesting creature is most notable for its size. The Giant Japanese Spider Crab has the largest leg span of any arthropod in the world: he measures up to 12 feet, claw to claw! But despite his scary appearance he is said to have a gentle disposition. I am glad I don’t have to prove that with personal experience! Normally, something so large would have trouble escaping notice. But this guy is called a “decorator crab.” He picks up pieces of sponge and small anemones and cements them to the top of his shell, blending in with his surroundings.

Today’s verse is the very opposite of blending in with surroundings. Paul wants to be detected. He wants to stand out from the crowd. And believing in the Gospel of Christ in the midst of an unbelieving world will do just that. There is no shame in standing out for something so powerful. There is no shame in being different from others when it can mean the salvation of a soul.

It is a strong inclination for me to blend in and belong. I am uncomfortable drawing the eye or inciting the comments of others. Worrying too much over what others think can sometimes nullify my testimony. But more important than the approval of men, my overriding desire is to please my Lord. He scorned the shame to hang naked on a cross for me (Heb. 12:2). How could I possibly be ashamed of a few odd looks or comments?

Lord, may I scorn shame in any form. Keep me bold with the Truth!

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