Not Me!

Despite the Cost

The hour is late!
The time draws near!
Before Christ comes,
The world must hear
That He’s the Way,
The Truth, the Life…
That He alone,
Brings peace, not strife.

So I must write
Despite the cost…
To spread God’s Word,
To reach the lost.
I must not faint
When some say “no,”
I must keep on…
God’s Word, I’ll sow.

And when I meet
Christ face to face,
I pray He’ll say,
“Well done! Good race!”

 

Read Matthew 26:69-75

But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” Matthew 26:35

A paper airplane whizzed through the classroom and hit the corner of Mrs. Smith’s eye before landing on her desk. Shocked by the sudden arrival of the plane, she jumped to her feet.

“Who did that?” she demanded. No one answered.

The pupils in the front had no idea who was responsible, but the students in the back row had seen Jeremy throw it. When Mrs. Smith asked the question again, Jeremy still didn’t admit that he was the one who had hurled the airplane toward the front of the classroom. Denial came easily. He didn’t want to get in trouble.

When Jesus told Peter that before the cock crowed he would deny Jesus three times, Peter was quick to say, “Not me!” But later, when Peter was questioned about his association with Jesus, three times he denied that he had been with Him. Maybe he feared that he too would be arrested and put on trial.

Lying is a sin. Let’s not allow it into our lives.

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by Frances Pasch

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Frances Gregory Pasch’s devotions and poetry have been published hundreds of times the past thirty years in different denominational Sunday school papers, magazines, and book compilations. Her book, Double Vision, Seeing God in Everyday Life Through Devotions and Poetry was released December 12, 2013, by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. It is a double eye-opener–two ways of looking at the same spiritual truth. Frances enjoys encouraging other writers, and she has been leading a women’s Christian writers’ group for the past 25 years. You can read some of her writing on her newly updated website: www.francesgregorypasch.com. Also, check out her new Community Page, and follow her on Twitter @Frances Pasch.

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Martin Wiles is a minister, author, freelance editor, and English teacher who lives in Greenwood, SC. He is the founder of Love Lines from God and is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.