Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 1/260: Read Luke 1

For the first time in hundreds of years, God spoke to one of His children. The person who received the message was Zacharias, a priest. While many priests were denounced throughout the Scriptures for various sins, Zacharias is called “righteous” and “blameless.” This does not mean he was perfect or sinless, but that he sought to serve God in his life.

If you died tomorrow, how would your obituary read? Could the preacher at your funeral say, with all sincerity, that you were “righteous” and “blameless” in your life? What changes do you need to make in your life to make those adjectives fit your description?

It is never too late to make a commitment to serve the Lord. We read of many servants throughout both the Old and New Testaments who overcame their weaknesses and by the grace of God were used for His purpose.

Paul reminded the saints in Corinth of what they “were” before coming to know Christ: unrighteous sinners who could not inherit the kingdom of God. Because of Christ, though, they changed their lives and “are washed…sanctified…justified.” (1 Cor. 6:9-11)

Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)

Luke 5:31-32: Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Pray

Pray for the wisdom to recognize your weaknesses and seek guidance in the Scriptures on how to become righteous and blameless in God’s sight.

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