For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.
Because of the actions of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden sin entered the world and separated us from God. But God loved us so much He made a way for us to be saved. He sent His only Son, Jesus, to this world to seek and to save the lost, to offer us the free gift of salvation. He rescued us from a life of sin, from the guilt of sin and from the power of sin when He paid the ultimate price on Calvary. He did this so our relationship with God could be restored. So then, what shall we do to receive this gift? Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:28) As followers of Christ, it’s our duty to share this Good News with the world while there is still time.
Lord, thank you for the precious gift of salvation. Help me to share the good news about Your saving grace with those who are lost. I pray that they may know and accept You as their Lord and Savior. Amen
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Throughout the Bible there are verses that encourage us to be diligent workers and there are also verses that say we need to rest, even God rested on the seventh day. Whether you are physically, emotionally or spiritually exhausted and burdened Jesus is inviting you and encouraging you to come to Him to find rest, peace, comfort, happiness and salvation. Believe in Jesus Christ, trust in Him and He will give you rest for your body, mind for your soul.
Lord, thank You for the work that You have given us to do. Help us to be diligent and work whole heartily for You. Bless the work of our hands and help us to find rest in You. Amen
Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.
It doesn’t matter if you are rich, poor, young or old, blessings and prosperity come to all who fear and obey the Lord. Reverence to God, submitting to His will and obedience to His Word are the keys to a blessed and prosperous life. God wants you to enjoy the fruits of your labor. He wants you to be happy and reap all the benefits of His promises. If you walk in His ways all will be well with your soul while you live on this earth, and even better, for all eternity.
Heavenly Father, Your thoughts and ways are always better. Help me to walk in obedience and reverence to Your Word so that I may live a life pleasing to You and enjoy the fruits of my labor. Amen
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
God wants you to get away from all the noise and distractions around you to spend some quiet time with Him in prayer. Jesus, as an example for us, chose to get away and pray in private. It’s not always easy to find the time or a quiet place but if you make an effort to be alone with God in prayer it will always be worth it. You are never less alone than when you are alone with God.
Lord, thank You for always being there for me. The best part of my day is when I am alone with You. I just want You to know how much I love You and how grateful I am for Your unfailing love. Help me to put You first in everything I do. Amen
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
The fruit of the Spirit starts to develop in you as you leave sin behind and begin to seek the Lord with all your heart. As your maturity and knowledge in Christ grows, so too will love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Although will power helps, it has its limits and you must truly come to depend on God’s power to change you. It doesn’t just happen overnight. God is constantly working on you to become more Christlike. It takes a lifetime of dedication and obedience to God and His Word as you are led by the Holy Spirit. Fruit grows where roots are deep. Be rooted in Christ and let Him be the foundation of your life and you will see more abundantly good fruit to the praise and glory of God.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the perfect example and foundation we have in Jesus Christ. I want to be more like Christ but I can’t do it on my own. Help me to grow and to change into the person You created me to be. Let the fruit of the Spirit be evident in my life for Your honor and glory. Amen
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
Just like the Disciples, you have been chosen to be part of the body of Christ. God chose you to be part of His family even before the foundation of the world. You are a part of His plan and you have a purpose. You have been appointed to go out and bear fruit, to share the Gospel of Christ and bring souls to Jesus. We, as believers in Christ, are all ministers in that we are working for God’s kingdom. You are encouraged continue the work God has called you to do and if you ask the Father in Jesus’ name, He will give you whatever you need to be successful and fruitful.
Heavenly Father, thank You for choosing me to be part of Your family. Help me to be fruitful in sharing the Gospel and winning souls to Christ. Supply me with all that I need to do the work You called me to do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
When it comes to our finances God’s way differs from man’s way. The worldly way of thinking when it comes to money is to make it, spend it on yourself or to hold on to it. God’s way is to tithe, to be generous to God’s work and to give liberally to the poor. Everything we have comes from God and we are merely managers of it. How we spend God’s money makes a difference. You can save all your money here on earth but we all know you can’t take it with you. The more you give for God’s purposes, the more God gives to you and the more God blesses you. True wealth is measured by what’s in your heart not by what’s in your wallet and by the treasures you have stored up in heaven.
Heavenly Father, thank You for all the blessing You pour down on me. Help me to be more like You by being generous to those in need. Lord, I know that no matter how much I give, You will always supply my needs, so help me to be a cheerful giver. Amen
Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.
This world has been darkened by sin but as a followers of Christ you are meant to shine like stars in the night sky for the whole world to see. As a faithful ambassador of Christ it’s your calling to shine like the Son. Be who God created you to be, a bright and shining light in a dark world leading others to Christ.
Lord, You have created me to be a bright and shining light in a dark world. Help me to live a life of integrity and goodness so when people look at me, they see Your love shining through me. Amen.
A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
Your worth is found on the inside not on the outside. Your character is worth more than fleeting beauty. Nobel characteristics like honesty, generosity, and courage are more important than your dress size, bank account, or looks. Your worth is found in God and your relationship with him, not in the opinions of others. Jesus paid the ultimate price for you because you are worth far more than rubies.
Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.
Don’t fall into the trap of comparing yourself to anyone else. God created you and you are unique. If you are comparing yourself to someone who is doing better than you, you could fall into the sin of envy. If you are comparing yourself to someone who is worse off than you, you could fall into the sin of pride. God wants you to be the best you can be by following Christ’s example. Live your life according to God’s Word and you will do well.