Once there were two friends, best of friends named John and Mark. As kids they promised to make the neighborhood they lived in a better place for their community.
John and Mark both grew up to become activists. John however shined over Mark. John was known beyond their community. He was a philanthropist. He made mankind better. He healed the sick and gave the homeless a shelter that he personally oversees. Everyone admired John.
Mark however was a volunteer at John's shelter. He feed them, clothed them and comforted them. Mark didn’t have much but he did what he can. Those who knew him loved him.
At the end of their lives and at heavens gate, both men was given the same question, "Why do you deserve eternal life to be with Christ?" John answered, "I made mankind better. I have enlightened them. I helped heal the sick, gave money to the poor, and even made a shelter for the homeless." The gatekeeper then said, "Go away. You may not be permitted." And so John was left outside the gate weeping saying to himself, "What more can I gave done?"
As Mark approached, he was terrified as his friend John was a better man and did more than him. He was worried because if John didn’t get in, how could he get in. The gatekeeper asked Mark the same question, "Why do you deserve eternal life to be with Christ?" Mark answered, "I have done less than my friend Mark. I only say I deserve eternal life because I have done what little I had been given not because of improving the world I lived in but because I was following what example Jesus left behind. I have faith in Jesus and did what little I could."
Then the gatekeeper opened the gate and said, "For by grace you are saved through faith, the gift of God."
Todays devotion come from:
Ephesians / Efexus 2:8-9
For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast.
Vajtswv tus uas hlub nej, nws cawm nej dim twb yog vim nej ntseeg. Qhov uas nej dim ntawd, tsis yog vim nej ua haujlwm zoo, tiamsis yog Vajtswv cia li pub dawb rau nej xwb. Qhov uas nej dim tsis yog nej lub dag lub zog ua mas nej thiaj tsis muaj lus khav tau.