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Daily Devotion

Piety, Real and False (Part 3)

Created: Wednesday, 12 February 2020 16:03
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MARK 2:23-28
Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, "Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?" Read more


It was more than thirty years that Artaban wandered looking in vain for the King when he finally arrived in Jerusalem. There was a crucifixion that day. When Artaban heard of Jesus being crucified, it sounded wondrous like the King and Artaban hurried towards Calvary. Maybe his pearl, the loveliest in all the world, could buy the life of the King. Down the street came a girl fleeing from a band of soldiers. "My father is in debt," she cried, "and they are taking me to sell as a slave to pay the debt. Save me!" Artaban hesitated; then sadly he took out his pearl, gave it to the soldiers and bought the girl's freedom.
Suddenly, the skies were dark; there was an earthquake and a flying tile hit Artaban on the head. He sank half-conscious to the ground. The girl pillowed his head on her lap. Suddenly his lips began to move. "Not so, my Lord. For when saw I thee ahungered and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw I thee a stranger, and took thee in? Or naked and clothed thee? When saw I thee sick in prison, and came unto thee? Thirty and three years I have looked for thee; but I have never seen thy face, nor ministered to thee, my King." And then like a whisper from very far away, there came a voice. "Verily I say unto you. Inasmuch as thou hast done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, thou hast done it unto me." And Artaban smiled in death because he knew that the King had received his gifts. 

My Life Application

The final arbiter in the use of all things is LOVE and not law. Give your life a check-up to see how much love motivates all that you do.

My Prayer and Praise

"Dear Father, reading about the fourth Wiseman serves to remind me of true Christianity. I pray that I and other believers will be more like him who will see the need around us and will do something about it. Thank You for Your love. Amen!

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