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For more than 60 years, Billy Graham has touched millions of lives with the gospel; counseled political leaders; and comforted the hurting in times of crisis. Combining his best-selling Hope for Each Day and Wisdom for Each Day, this special morning and evening collection of meditations will give you reasons to trust in times of uncertainty. 755 pages, russet imitation leather from Nelson.Copyright 2012
Morning May the glory of the
LORD endure forever; Evening Masters, give your bondservants what
is just and
May the LORD rejoice in His works.
fair, knowing that you also have a master in heaven.
May the glory of the
LORD endure forever;
Masters, give your bondservants what
is just and
C.T. Studd, the famous Cambridge cricketer and • missionary pioneer, wrote the following couplet while still a student at Cambridge:
Only one life, 'twill soon be past;
Only what's done for Christ will last.
Life is a glorious opportunity if it is used to condition us for eternity. If we fail in this, though we succeed in everything else, our life will have been a failure. There is no escape for the man who squanders his opportunity to prepare to meet God.
You will never live this day again; once it is gone, it is gone forever. How will you spend it—for yourself or for Christ? Remember: "Only what's done for Christ will last."
Thankfully, slavery is a thing of the past for us—but the underlying principle the apostle Paul addresses above still stands: if we are employers or supervisors, we are to do "what is right and fair" to those who work under us. After all, he reminds us, we, too, have a Master, and someday we'll give an account of our lives to Him—including how we treated others.
Admittedly this isn't always easy to put into action. In some situations it's not always clear what is right and fair, and sometimes people react negatively even when we do treat them fairly. Human beings can be very difficult to deal with—as you've probably discovered! But the principle still holds, and we should seek God's wisdom to carry it out.
But this principle holds for all of us—for it is just another way of expressing Jesus' words to His disciples: "In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you" (Matthew 7:12 NIV). Write this principle on your heart—and put it into action every day.