Today’s reading: Luke 23:39-43
Today’s Reference: 1 Chronicles 29:14b, 16 “For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you…O LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own.”
“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
The Bible doesn’t elaborate on his crimes. He’s just a common thief, and at first he joined in the mockery against Jesus. Observing Jesus’ behavior as the crowd taunted “The King of the Jews” planted a seed. With a few of his precious last breaths, he humbly begged Christ to think of him.
The thief admitted he was being punished justly. If we’d known him, we might have said, “Serves him right.” Let us remember that we also are thieves. He gives us life and everything we possess…and we go off and serve our own interests. This small, tender story reminds us we are just as guilty and helpless. But helplessness isn’t a curse if it draws us to the only One who can help us.
Are we robbing God by using His gifts selfishly? Take your example from the repentant thief, and have your sin forgiven by Jesus. Though guilty of the same sin, we can be in paradise!
Father, too often I forget you’ve given me everything I have, and I rob You of your due glory and honor. Forgive me. Help me recognize and overcome my selfishness.
In Jesus’ name, amen.