Day: November 23, 2012

Everything In The Show Window But Nothing In The Shelves

Vance Havner 90x115by Vance Havner

Jesus used His most severe language on the religious leaders of His time, the scribes and Pharisees. They read the Scriptures, attended worship, gave a tithe, were separated from the world, led moral lives, and sought to win others to their faith. So may one do all these things today and still not know the Lord. Our Lord dealt gently with the woman taken in adultery, though He did not condone her sin. He called one tax collector to be a disciple and ate in the home of Zacchaeus. These people were outcasts in the eyes of the religious leaders, yet Jesus said to those leaders, “. . . the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you” (Matthew 21:31). Nothing is more despicable in His sight than hypocrisy, play-acting, presenting an image of righteousness without reality. This is form without force—everything in the show window but nothing in the shelves.

by Vance Havner

“Make Haste Slowly”

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

I can do all things through Christ—Philippians 4:13

A woman remarked in my hearing: "I have so much work to do that I haven’t time to wait on the Lord to get strength to do it." Surely that was making bricks without straw. Even if her tasks were in the name of the Lord and the church, she was under the devil’s bondage.

God sends not His servants on their own charges; but God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound unto every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8).