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The Finished Bookcase

Daily Devotional for August 27, 2016

Read: John 19:30; Romans 3:19-20

Bible version changes do not affect the Key audio or "Today's Key Verse," below.

"I'm going to Mr. Harvey's shop to pick up the bookcase I made for Dad,"Troy told his little brother. "Want to come along? We'll take the wagon, and you can help pull it."

Finn clapped his hands. "Yay!" he exclaimed. "You'll tell Daddy the present is from me, too, won't you? Because I'm helping?" Troy smiled and agreed.

At Mr. Harvey's shop, Troy showed Finn the bookcase. Then he walked to a back corner of the shop where Mr. Harvey was working. "Thanks for showing me how to make the bookcase for my dad," said Troy. "Here's the money I owe for the supplies I used."

Mr. Harvey took the money, and they both turned toward the bookcase. Troy gasped. Finn was standing next to it with a raised hammer. "What are you doing, Finn?" yelled Troy.

"I'm helping make Daddy's bookcase," replied Finn. He gave it a whack just before Troy was able to grab the hammer from his hand. "You said I could help, Troy!"

"I know, Finn," said Troy, "but you can't help make it, because it's already totally finished!" He was relieved to see that Finn had made only a very small dent on the back of the bookcase, and it wouldn't show. "You can help me pull it home, and you can help give it to Dad, okay?"

Mr. Harvey smiled. "Troy, while you were working on the bookcase, we talked several times about how we can get to heaven," he said. "Do you remember what you told me?"

"Sure. Like I said, I try hard to be good," said Troy. "I obey my parents. I go to church. I'm pretty sure I'll make it to heaven."

"But, Troy," said Mr. Harvey, "just like Finn tried to help with your finished gift of a bookcase, you're trying to help God with His finished gift of salvation. When Jesus died on the cross, He said, It is finished.' He did everything necessary for you to have the gift of salvation. There's nothing you can do to help--you just need to trust that He's already done everything for you. Do you understand what I'm saying?"

Troy nodded as he slowly ran his fingers over the bookcase top. Mary Rose Pearson

Do you think you need to do good things to get to heaven? That’s not possible. There’s nothing you can do to earn your salvation. God has totally finished all the necessary work. You must simply accept what Jesus has done—there’s no work left for you to do! See the ABCs of Salvation in the column to the right and trust in Jesus today.

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Romans 3:23-24 (KJV)
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
*Verse displayed is NKJV

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