April 23

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 3:1-51; Psalms 148:1-150:6; Mark 13:1-37

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

Wages or a gift. These are two opposite concepts. Wages are something I deserve. A gift is something I don’t deserve. Wages are something I have earned. A gift is something I freely receive at some one else’s expense. A Christian is someone who knows he deserves God’s judgment but instead escapes it by receiving God’s gift. Have you received the gift or are you still working for your wages? —Sid Halsband

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me! —T. O. Chisholm