DayBreaks for 12/29/11 – What Have You Done Today?
Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; 7 for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the desert, 9 where your fathers tested and tried me, though they had seen what I did. 10 For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways.” 11 So I declared on oath in my anger, “They shall never enter my rest.” – Psalm 95:6-11
During the Second World War there was a young boy in a small town who had to go to the drugstore for his mother. As he arrived at the drugstore, he saw a poster on the front window that made a great impression upon him. It was the picture of an American soldier dressed in full battle uniform lying flat on his face, dead in the sands of a South Pacific island. He was lying there with the ocean cradling his body, and at the bottom of the poster was this question: “What have you done for your country today that’s worth this soldier dying yesterday?”
Now I want you to look back at a date long before WW2. Let your mind carry you to a hillside outside of Jerusalem. This is Calvary. Open the eyes of your heart and look upon a cross, see Jesus, the Savior, the Son of God, as he writhes in agony as he pays the price for your sins and the sins of the world. Ask yourself the question: “What have you done for Christ today that’s worth what He gave for you on Calvary?”
Let me tell you now: not one of us can find anything you have done or will do, either this day or any other day, that was worth the sacrifice of the Son of God. Yet, it happened, not because of something we’d done that put him in our debt, but simply because of who we are – His creation, made in His image.
PRAYER: How little we appreciate all that You accomplished in Your sacrifice on Calvary, how little we should You our appreciation and thanks!! Let us not ever forget that scene on the Jerusalem hillside, and be people of appreciative action. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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