September 6, 2008
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. Philippians 4:11
People can be vain. Not you or me, but others, you know, people.
It was time to leave for church. The husband was watching the clock, but his wife seemed to be running a little behind.
He wandered in and out of the bedroom several times, noting her progress at getting ready.
He went out and started the car to let it warm up. Then he came back and stood at the door, watching her put the finishing touches on her makeup.
"Honey, you look nice," he said with the slightest hint of irritation in his voice. "But you'd look nicer in the car!"
Now, the only point of that story is to ask this question: "How would you look nicer?"
It's not a hard question. Many people are ready to offer us suggestions. Have you ever had someone look at you and say, "You'd look nicer, if (you did this). You'd be happier, if (you did that). You'd enjoy life more, if (you had this).
That's where the Lord is so very helpful.
Because of Jesus Christ, His life, suffering, death and resurrection, we look "nicer." No longer covered in sin and transgression, we are white, clean, forgiven and saved.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I rejoice that You, unlike many others around me, have done that which was necessary to make me eternally "nicer." Because of You I am forgiven and saved. Thank You. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries