Verse A Day

Malachi 3:1-4
“I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty.  But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap.  He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness,  and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years.

Romans 12:1 says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” In Christ we are made whiter than snow. In the old Testament, the offering to atone for sin meant death. Death was the payment for sin. Christ paid that debt of death on our behalf, and has transformed our offering to God. Because of Him, our offering has become life: lives lived in worship to God. We praise You, Lord Jesus, for making all things new!

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Matthew 4:17
From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

Repentance is at the core of our salvation experience with Jesus. The dictionary definition of repentance is, “to feel such sorrow for sin or fault as to be disposed to change one’s life for the better”. The sorrow comes from having realized that our sin offends and costs our holy, perfect, and righteous God. We don’t wallow in this sorrow, we allow it to catapult us into a love relationship with Jesus who willingly sacrificed Himself for our sins. Repentance is understanding that we fall short, and in receiving God’s gift of salvation His power begins to enact change throughout our lives.

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Matthew 25:40
The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Who are “the least of these”? Is it the person begging in the street as we pass by in our cars? Is it a family member, a friend, or perhaps an unborn child in the womb of an uncertain mother? Throughout your life you will be both: the least of these, and someone called to serve the least of these. It is of extreme importance how you choose to (or choose not to) serve others. Remember how it felt when someone reached into your life and expressed kindness, provided you with a meal, or perhaps was generous beyond your imagining? When you serve the least of these, you serve Jesus.

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