Friday, January 3, 2020

Genesis 3:1-24; Job 4:1-5:27; Matthew 3:1-17

We spend our years as a tale that is told. Psalm 90:9

Recently, I found a letter to my father dated May, 1946. The letter was signed by eight workmen from the paint shop of the naval dockyard in Hong Kong. My father was there to help re-establish the naval base after the Second World War. In quaint English they wrote: “You treated us very well. We always talk about your good conduct and gentle movement as a story.” May the story that our lives tell commend the Christian way of life to others as we seek to glorify God in our bodies. —Brian Powlesland

I want, and this sums up my prayer,
To glorify Thee till I die;
Then calmly to yield up my soul to Thy care,
And breathe out, in faith, my last sigh. —Charlotte Elliot

January 3

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 3; Job 4:1-5:27; Matt. 3

Jesus…said, “It is finished.” John 19:30

A young man, burdened with his sin, cried out, “Sir, please tell me what I must do to be saved.” The answer came back, “You are too late! There is nothing you can do; nearly 2000 years ago everything that was needed for you to be saved was done by the Lord Jesus Christ when He died in your place on the cross.” Yes, He finished the work and is now waiting and ready to save you. Are you trying to earn what Christ has already paid for you? Come to Him and receive eternal life as a gift by putting your faith in Him (Romans 6:23). —David Croudace

Weary, working, burdened one, wherefore toil you so?
Cease your doing; all was done long, long ago.
Cast your deadly “doing” down, down at Jesus’ feet;
Stand in Him, in Him alone, gloriously complete.—J. Proctor