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Loving Service…by Billy Graham

Ephesians 6:7 NKJV

with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men,


Faith Produces Works

A true sacrament is not a mere creed, or ordinance, or form, but it is a life of service to God and to man. The most eloquent prayer is the prayer through hands that heal and bless. The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless.

There must be a practical outworking of our faith here in this present world, or it will never endure the world to come. The Pharisees majored on show but minored on service. We need fewer words and more charitable works; less palaver and more pity; less repetition of creed and more compassion.

Daily Prayer

Talk so often drowns out the cries for help—I am guilty of this, Lord. I would worship You in everything I do. Extend my hands with Your mercy, Lord.

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Before the Cross I

ROMANS 3:23 NKJV – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
ECCLESIASTES 7:20 NKJV – For there  is not a just man on earth who does good And does not sin.
1JOHN 1:10 NKJV – If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
PSALM 14:1-3 NKJV – The fool has said in his heart, “ There  is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There  is none who does good, No, not one.
ISAIAH 64:6 NKJV – But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.

Before The Cross: We Are Sinful

Something is wrong with the world. Something is broken. Something is wrong with all of us. Deep down I believe we all sense this. We can tell something is not right and can’t quite explain why. Whether or not we are believers, I think we can agree this is true.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23

When we come before the Cross of Christ, we become painfully aware that there is nothing we can do to be in a right relationship with God. There is nothing we can do to obtain salvation.

Ever since Adam and Eve committed the first sin (Genesis 3), we are all born into our sinful nature and there is nothing we can do about it. Even our world is broken which helps explain why so many tragedies happen that aren’t even in our control. At the end of the day, we are sinful and God, who is Holy and set apart from us, can’t and won’t tolerate sin.

Even if we have a “good” day full of good works including loving others and serving them, the Bible says our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment (Isaiah 64:6).

So if we are sinful and there is no hope for us, what are we supposed to do? Thankfully, the story doesn’t end there…

Billy Graham on Phillipians 3:9


and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;

Not Good Enough

People go through many doors which do not lead to the Kingdom of God. Some try the door of good works. They say, “I can get to heaven if I only do enough good things, because God will honor all the good things I do.” It’s wonderful to do good things, but we cannot do enough good things to satisfy God. God demands perfection, and we’re not perfect. If we’re going to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, we have to be absolutely perfect. You ask, “Well, how will I ever be perfect?” We need to be clothed in the righteousness of the Lord Jesus. There is one door to the Kingdom and it’s Jesus. And we will never get to heaven unless we go His way.

Daily Prayer

Almighty God, there is nothing I can do to be worthy of Your love, and yet You have given me Jesus—my Savior and Lord!

Quote from Tozer*

A. W. Tozer: “The Bible recognizes no faith that does not lead to obedie


nce, nor does it recognize any obedience that does not spring from faith. The two are at opposite sides of the same coin.*

*Courtesy of Samuel at Gilgal, who posted this quote earlier today.

More on this topic from Deitrich Bonhoeffer on my page, “Thoughts on the Cost of Discipleship.”