Today's Devotional

Crossing on Red (13 January)

Your conduct among the heathen should be so good that when they accuse you of being evildoers, they will have to recognize your good deeds and so praise God on the Day of his coming. For the sake of the Lord submit yourselves to every human authority: to the Emperor, who is the supreme authority, and to the governors, who have been appointed by him to punish the evildoers and to praise those who do good. For God wants you to silence the ignorant talk of foolish people by the good things you do.
1 Peter 2:12-15
It is by God's grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God's gift, so that no one can boast about it. God has made us what we are.
Ephesians 2:8-10

It was a time of my life when I went to work very early. I had parked the car and was walking through the city at 6 AM when I met Mike, an old non- believing friend whom I had not seen for a long time.

As we chatted, we came to a crosswalk where the light was red. I normally wait for the green, and just for a moment we hesitated on the curb. Then, thinking that this non-believer would probably think it very strange if I made him wait when there was absolutely no traffic anywhere around, I let my momentum carry me into the street. He came with me and we crossed together.

As we reached the other side, Mike said in a quiet voice, "I usually wait when it is red." I had to admit that I did too. I had made certain wrong assumptions about Mike's standard of righteousness. Even worse, I was not strong enough to hold to my own principles even if someone might think me strange. I had lost an opportunity to show myself a good citizen who lives by the Bible's commands to obey authority.

How easily we can let the world influence us, or, as in my case, what we think of the world. And how easily we look down on those around us and feel superior-because we are believers and they are not or for some other reason. I had to remember that my position as a king and priest in God's kingdom came about not because of anything good in myself, but only by God's overwhelming and unfathomable grace.

- 13 JANUARY -
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