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Daily Devotionals

Day 3 – Issue 17

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Be Still Know

Psalm 24:4a NLT

‘Only those whose hands and hearts are pure…’

I find it very difficult to determine just how faithful I am. Society today measures success and value via material outputs. Sadly, we’re all discovering that producing data to satisfy objective criteria in measuring success may bear little or no resemblance to the satisfaction of the client. Working life seems to represent no more than a means to secure sufficient income to live. We fail to see the opportunity our work offers to us and to others.

Over the years caring for my wife Katey, we had many carers attend to deal with her personal needs. Many showed little interest in her. She was the task they had to manage, as quickly as possible, so that they might earn money. I remember one conversation where one carer told me that their objective was to become a croupier on a cruise ship, and this was just a means to that end. If running late, the final visit might not materialise, and it was assumed somewhere that we’d cope.

While many would not identify with such attitudes, I confess that I must. I sometimes look at things as tasks and weigh them up as to their earning capacity. I resent having to work at what I feel is less than I am worth. However, Jesus reminds me I am a slave. Not a slave to others, but a slave to God. It is for me to invest the very best of myself in whatever I commit to, for I represent God and seek to add the aroma of Christ into any situation.

The psalmist tells us that to mountaineer with God requires that I first come with a pure heart, an attitude seeking to serve God’s interests to the very best of my ability. Without that pure heart, the work of my hands cannot be clean, for they are tainted with my own ambitions and prejudices. I must frequently purify my heart so that the work of my hands is indeed a reflection of the character of God and the service I offer.

QUESTION: What battles do you have in heart and head?

PRAYER: Thank you, Lord Jesus, that your hands and heart were pure and without sin, and that our life is now in you. 

Written by: Matt Weet

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