Week Eleven — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Words of Jesus in Matthew — Matthew 20:16

Sunday, March 12

Matthew 20:16 So the last will be first, and the first will be last.

Prayer:  Lord God, in your divine wisdom order our lives that we may draw close to you.

Thought for the day:  Jesus asked, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?”

Monday, March 13

Luke 13:29, 30 People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.  Indeed there are those who are last will be first, and first who will be last.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we who are children by grace do humbly look forward to our introduction into your kingdom.

Thought for the day: The price of your admission ticket to the greatest banquet in all the universe has been paid in advance. 

Tuesday, March 14

Proverbs 16:18, 19 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.  Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.

Prayer: Lord God, save us from the pride what would destroy our relationship with you. 

Thought for the day: Pride places one on the last rung of a ladder that exits into empty space.

Wednesday, March 15

Romans 8:31, 32 What, then, shall we say in response to this?  If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all —- how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, though the world may count us out you always count us in your fold.

Thought for the day:  Someone said the world drew a circle to keep me out but God drew a circle to take me in. 

Thursday, March 16

Genesis 48:12, 13 Joseph said to him, “No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.”  But his father refused and said, “I know my son, I know.  He too will become a people, and he too will become great.  Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his descendants will become a group of nations.

Prayer:  God, our Heavenly Father, may we find and follow your order in life.

Thought for the day:  Sometimes up is down and down is up.

Friday, March 17

John 13:15,16 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for your.  I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, forgive us when we like Peter resist your loving attention.

Thought for the day:  No advanced degree is required to perform foot washing.

Saturday, March 18

Matthew 20:27, 28 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Prayer:  Lord, we confess we have too often forgotten that one who would live Christ-like must serve.

Thought for the day:  If service is menial, how is it possible that the waiters can determine the level of your dining satisfaction?

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