February 17

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 8:1-32; Psalms 38:1-39:13; Acts 3:1-26

No one has ascended into heaven… John 3:13

It is impossible for man to make his way up to heaven by climbing a ladder of good works or by attaching oneself to the name of a virtuous person, saint, or church. No, getting us up to heaven required that the only begotten Son come down to earth and die for us. And because Jesus humbled Himself, God has highly exalted Him. In God’s kingdom the way up is always down. He who loses his life for Jesus’s sake shall find it. —D. Pickup

The longer I serve Him the sweeter He grows,
The more that I love Him, more love He bestows;
Each day is like heaven, my heart overflows,
The longer I serve Him the sweeter He grows. —William J. Gaither