Devotion for Tuesday, December 26, 2023

“On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:2b).

One month for each of the fruits.  Twelve is a biblical number for completion.  All who are to be included, from every tribe, tongue, and nation are represented.  Each has their turn.  There are no greater and lesser, only those who are in the Lord.  Yes, there are different tasks, but equality in respect for all who are in the Lord.  Each of us has an equal opportunity to learn how to be faithful.

Lord, I am who I am and You have given the gifts You have given so that I might learn how to serve You and my neighbor.  Guide me so that when the opportunity arises, I am prepared to do my part.  Teach me to respect all people so that, whether they are rich and powerful, or digging ditches, I treat them equally with  respect.  You know all that needs to happen within me.  Let be done what needs to be done so that I may become like You.

Lord Jesus, we all need healing.  Let your healing touch come upon my life.  Let your healing touch flow through me to others.  Guide me in the upward way along the path You set before me.  Teach me respect for others.  Teach me to love my neighbor without consideration of their station in life, nor with any consideration of recompense.  Thank You, Lord, for the salvation You give by grace.  In faith, lead me all the days of my life.  Amen.