After Paul considered everything he had accomplished in his life, he said that it was all worthless when compared with knowing Christ. This is a profound statement about values; a person’s relationship with Jesus is more important than anything else. To know the Lord should be our ultimate goal.
Commentary from the One Year NIV Devotional NT, July 7. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 2003.
Sinners who seek forgiveness will be accepted into God’s kingdom, while those who think they’re too good to sin will not be accepted.
Commentary from The One Year NIV Devotional NT, May 31. Tyndale House Publishers. (2003)
The need for believers to care for the poor is a constant theme of Scripture, but often we do nothing about it. We get caught up in meeting our own needs and desires, or we just don’t see enough poor people to remember their needs. Both in your own city and across the oceans there are people who need help. What can you do to show them tangible evidence of God’s love?
Commentary from The One Year NIV Devotional NT, May 23. Tyndale House Publishers. 2003.
In the Bible, Mark 9:43-48, Jesus used startling language to stress the importance of cutting sin out of our lives. Painful discipline is required of his true followers. Giving up a relationship, job, or habit that is against God’s will may seem just as painful as cutting off a hand. Our high goal, however, is worth any sacrifice; Christ is worth any possible loss. Nothing should stand in the way of faith. We must be ruthless in removing sins from our lives. Make your choices from an eternal perspective.
Commentary from the One Year NIV Devotional NT, April 17. Tyndale House Publishers (2003).
It’s not always easy to accept the task of shining in this dark world, but we may be the light that God has sent for a soul in need of a Savior; so we must not only be ready, we must be willing.
Commentary from the Pathways Devotional, by David Jeremiah, May 1.
4And I say to you, My friends, don’t fear those who kill the body, and after that can do nothing more. 5 But I will show you the One to fear: Fear Him who has authority to throw people into hell after death. Yes, I say to you, this is the One to fear! 6 Aren’t five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight.
What is this fear?
I wrote a little about that in a previous post titled Unseen.
Finally, there is this:
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
turning people from the snares of death.
I can attest that Proverbs 14:27 is true from personal experience, my life being completely changed by Jesus, and from many, many others I have spoken with that were heading down the wrong path.
Just some things to ponder.