Day: January 1, 2012

A Higher Purpose

A.B. Simpson 90 x115by A.B. Simpson

I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil—John 17:15

God wants us here on earth for some higher purpose than mere existence. That purpose is to represent Him to the world, to be the messengers of His gospel and His will to men and women, and by our lives to exhibit to them the true life and teach them how to live it.

He is representing us in heaven, and our one business is to represent Him on earth. We are just as truly sent into this world to represent Him as if we had gone to China as the ambassador of the United States government.

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This Is The Day!

Vance Havner 90x115by Vance Havner

“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

The Psalmist does not mean some special day or holiday nor must we limit this to Sunday or some rare occasion. Any day and every day is the day which the Lord hath made. Therefore any day and every day is the day in which to rejoice and be glad. All days are not alike. Some days are ore troublesome than others. But the most troublesome may be the most triumphant.

New Year’s Day has a bad reputation because it is the birthday of so many resolutions that die in infancy! It is not the day that is so important but the God who made it. Any day is somebody’s birthday, and every day really begins a new year. The God who made them all is the Great I Am and lives in a timeless Now. Any day you can begin a new life in Him. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (II Corinthians 6:2).

And every day you can know Him better, for He is “the same today” (Hebrews 13:8).

by Vance Havner