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

Day 2/260: Read Luke 2

We have very little information about Jesus’ life before His public ministry. Luke relates one incident that occurred when Jesus was just twelve years old.

Joseph and Mary were faithful in their attendance of the Passover Feast in Jerusalem, traveling there each year. They journeyed with a large group of family and friends, and when they began their trip home after the feast, they did not realize that the pre-teen Jesus had been left behind in the city.

It isn’t difficult to imagine Joseph and Mary’s fear. They had been entrusted with the Son of God, and they lost Him! It took them three days to find Him; He was in the temple, “in the midst of the teachers.” At just twelve years of age, Jesus’ priorities were in order. He asked Mary, “Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”

Do we ever lose sight of our Father’s business? We develop a routine of going to school or work, but do we lose sight of what is truly important? Where are our priorities? Do we go about our daily activities without any thought to how those activities can be used to accomplish God’s will in our life and the lives of those around us?

Memory (Copy into a notebook 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 opportunities to be about the Father’s business. Pray that He may use you to accomplish His will. Pray for those around you that you can influence in a positive way.

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.