Devotion of the Day

Do What You Can
She hath done what she could.
Mark 14:8

He had found a little box in the attic. With his crayons he had tried to make it more presentable. Inside he had placed a cut-out Santa Claus and a larger Santa of his own drawing. He had scrawled “Season’s Greetings” for a touch of dignity. Then he had wrapped it in a manner all his own, with plenty of seals all over and a big yellow ribbon tied all around.

It wouldn’t bring much on sale, but no one could buy it from me, because it was the expression of a little boy’s love and, oh, so welcome!

He had done what he could. Which sets me thinking of the woman who anointed Jesus. “She hath done what she could.” Do let not being able to do it better keep you from ding what you can. Bring to the Saviour such as you have, the best you have, all you have. He will receive it. It may seem a poor little thing to others, but if it is the love gift of your heart, it will be precious in His sight.

Do what you can.

The daily devotions are from Day by Day by Vance Havner. Fleming H. Revell Company, 1953.

Devotion of the Day

Them Twain

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 7:21

We are constantly seeing living examples of “them twain,” the two sons in our Saviour’s parable (Mt. 21:28-32). One said, “I will not.” But later went. The other said, “I go, Sir,” but never went. We have seen some stubborn cases surprise everybody and become obedient servants. Alas, we have seen some walk down church aisles and make a fine show of consecration who never show up in the vineyard. They hear the Word and anon with joy receive it but have no root in themselves and are soon offended.

I am not too elated over your youngster with a chestful of medals and a head full of memory verses. He may volunteer for foreign missions, give a ringing testimony—and never show up in the vineyard. Nor am I too depressed over your headstrong chap who stands adamant while others yield. Young Saul did that for a while.

I am not discrediting the medals, the memory verses and the testimony on the one hand, nor minimizing stubbornness on the other. But the final test of “them twain” in our Saviour’s story, as well as in the text for the day, is not saying “Lord, Lord,” but doing the Father’s will. ”

The daily devotions are from Day by Day by Vance Havner. Fleming H. Revell Company, 1953.