Daily Wisdom Scripture from Saint Matthews Churches:
Luke 3:7-18: John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The axe is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire."
"What should we do then?" the crowd asked. John answered, "The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same." Tax collectors also came to be baptized. "Teacher," they asked, "what should we do?" "Don't collect any more than you are required to," he told them. Then some soldiers asked him, "And what should we do?" He replied, "Don't extort money and don't accuse people falsely—be content with your pay."
The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Christ. John answered them all, "I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." And with many other words John exhorted the people and preached the good news to them.
Daily Wisdom Devotional from Saint Matthews Churches:
An obedient, submissive inner spirit like that of Christ comes from knowing who we are. Jesus understood that he was the Son of God and that God was his Father, and that awareness produced profound submission to God and man. In our case, our union with Christ makes God our Father too, just as the apostle John exclaimed: "Beloved, now are we the sons of God" (1 John 3:2). The awareness of being a child of God makes us want to obey him and empowers us to submit ourselves to others for his glory.
Our prayer is that we will connect to the power of Christ to help us lay these at the foot of the cross so that we can be free to savor the hope that the first Christmas brought. May our minds and hearts be swept clean and be open to God's will and purpose. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. (Psalm 34:3)
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