Pentecost Devotional (9 of 35) by Christopher Harbin

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Seventeenth Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Numbers 11:28-30

''Joshua was there helping Moses, as he had done since he was young. And he said to Moses, 'Sir, you must stop them!' But Moses replied, ''Are you concerned what this might do to me? I wish the LORD would give his Spirit to all his people so everyone could be a prophet.''' Numbers 11:28-30

It is very easy for us to become protective of position, prominence, and prestige. We like power and its secondary effects. We like being related to people of power. We like the special access and deference paid to those of us in power or who are close to them. It is in this situation that we find Joshua in the passage above.


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Eighteenth Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Matthew 9:13

''Go and learn what the Scriptures mean when they say, 'Instead of offering sacrifices to me, I want you to be merciful to others.' I didn't come to invite good people to be my followers. I came to invite sinners.'' Matthew 9:13

Well we know that the gospel is supposed to be good news for sinners. We know the message is about salvation and redemption for the undeserving. We also forget that this message of grace and mercy continually arrives to meet our needs. If we enter salvation by grace, we live and remain in it by grace. Depending on grace leaves us no latitude to exclude anyone due to our perceptions of inadequacy or some label of disqualification.
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