Thursday, May 7, 2009

Easter: Thursday, May 7, 2009

Old Testament Lesson

One of the things we see over and over again in scripture is that age is not a big deal to God. No one is too old or too young for God to use. In this world, folks may to be young or too old, but not in God's eyes. God is concerned with heart. If someone is willing to be used by God, He will use them, no matter the age.

Joshua was advanced in age is what the text said. That' didn't matter to God. He had plans for Joshua. He has plans for us today.

New Testament Lesson

Paul reminds us that our salvation comes through Jesus and His work upon the cross and the empty grave. Our salvation does not come through our actions. We are not saved based off what we do, where we go, anything that we do. If our salvation depended upon us going to the right place, saying the right thing, even believing the right thing, then we've saved ourselves. We've earned our salvation. We've had to do the "right" thing to be saved.

But, if we are saved by grace through faith, then it's not about what we do. It's about what He did. And we are not saved based of what we do or have done. We're saved off what He did. And He loves us. Live into that love today.

Gospel Lesson

Jesus reminds us why do we judge our brother or sister for the speck in their eye why we have a plank in ours. Today, in this day, and each day, let us be not hasty to judge. Let us be slow to condemn. Let us not think the worst of others. Let us not look for a reason to complain. Let us not put others down. Let us not respond with judgement, arrogance, or pride.

Let us be humble. Love. Forgive. Help. Encourage. In doing these thing will we be a means of grace to others and we will feel God's grace upon our own souls.

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