Saturday, June 04, 2016

Living in the Light of His Coming

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
How the Lord loves all the righteous!
He protects the stranger's stay,
helps the parentless and widow,
but subverts the wicked's way.
Yes, the Lord will reign forever,
Zion's God forevermore,
throughout ev'ry generation.
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!
 —Psalm146:8b-10
Suggested tune: Beecher (87.87 D)


SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John the Baptizer; yet the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.
—Luke 7:28

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The scale employed to determine greatness in this saying is position in regard to the kingdom, and while John is highest of those who (historically) were without it, because (historically) he was nearest to it, the least in it is greater than the greatest without. The spiritual standing of John and the devout people before him is not in question; it is their position towards the manifestation of the kingdom in time that is in view. We rejoice to believe that John and many a saint from early days were subjects of the King, and have been ‘saved into his everlasting kingdom.’ But Jesus would have us think greatly of the privilege of living in the light of his coming, and of being permitted by faith to enter His kingdom. The lowliest believer knows more, and possesses a fuller life born of the Spirit, than the greatest born of woman, who has not received that new birth from above.
 —Alexander Maclaren

TODAY'S PRAYER
Holy and eternal God, give me sure trust in your sure purpose that I measure my life not by what I have done or failed to do, but by my faithfulness to you...
 —A New Zealand Prayer Book
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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